Navigating Medical Malpractice in Bellevue, WA
Medical mistakes happen. Even though we sometimes place medical professionals on a pedestal, they are still human and can make mistakes. Unfortunately, these mistakes can cause injury, disability or even death. If you or a loved one has been left sick, ill or injured after a medical procedure gone wrong, you could have a case of medical malpractice. Regardless, our Bellevue, WA, our board-certified physiatrist, Dr. Daniel Brzusek and the team at NW Rehabilitation Associates can create a custom physical therapy and rehabilitation treatment plan to help you function optimally.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice and medical negligence are often used interchangeably; however, they are different. Medical malpractice means that a doctor or physician failed to provide the proper standard of care and in doing so caused harm, injury or illness to the individual. An example is performing surgery on the wrong part of the body or leaving surgical instruments in the body that later injured or punched organs. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical procedure or surgery, you could have a malpractice case.
How is Medical Malpractice Different from Negligence?
While both malpractice and negligence cause harm to an individual due to a medical procedure gone awry, the key difference is that negligence was a mistake that was not intended to harm the individual. While we aren’t saying that malpractice means that there was intent to harm, it does mean that the doctor, nurse or medical professional did not provide the proper standard of care and decided to follow through with the procedure or treatment anyway. If there is proof that there was another procedure or way in which to treat the problem that may not have resulted in injury or harm to the patient, this is considered medical malpractice.
Why Should I Turn to a Physiatrist?
Whether you are dealing with a minor injury or a more significant chronic condition, know that Dr. Brzusek specializes in treating medical-related injuries. Through physical therapy and rehabilitation, we can provide you with the exercises and treatment options needed to perform and function and complete daily activities optimally. We offer everything from occupational therapy to aquatic therapy to provide individuals with what they need to recover or improve after medical malpractice.