Do I Have Medical Malpractice Case?
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if a doctor, a nurse, or a healthcare provider was negligent. Sometimes it's simple. Here are a few issues to consider as you discuss your case with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Was the doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider negligent?Medical malpractice occurs far more often than most people think. Doctors and nurses are people too. Despite being educated and trained, they have bad days, they get tired, and they make mistakes. Medical malpractice occurs when those mistakes cause injuries to patients. The first step in determining whether a doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider was negligent, is to assess whether their treatment met what is called the "standard of care."
Did the doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider meet the standard of care?A standard of care is the generally accepted medical practice, or set of practices, used by a group of medical professionals in the same geographic area for patients suffering from a particular condition, disorder, or illness. This standard can change depending on a number of factors, including a patient's prior medical history and age, as well as the specific expertise of the healthcare provider. When a doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider fails to meet this standard, they are negligent. If they are negligent, they may liable to you, or someone you love, for the injuries they caused.
Did the negligence cause of the injury?Proving that a doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider was negligent is not enough. We also need to prove that the negligence was the cause of the injuries that you or a loved one suffered. If the negligence caused the injuries, you may have a medical malpractice case. It is important to keep in mind that the law only allows for you to be compensated for the damages that were suffered, not those that could have been suffered.
Consider hiring an experienced medical malpractice attorney.If you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.