What is Medical Malpractice?
The term "medical malpractice" means that a physician or healthcare provider—a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital, or hospital worker—has failed to do something that should have been done or has done something that should not have been done, resulting in injury or death. Most medical malpractice cases are based on the concept of negligence—the patient was harmed because the health care provider failed to meet the required standards of skill and care, in accordance with generally accepted standards. These 'standards of care' are defined as what a reasonably competent physician, surgeon, or healthcare practitioner is required to do under the circumstances involving the diagnosis or treatment of a patient. The prescribed standard of medical care may vary from state to state.
Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
Inappropriate medical treatment may result in the following injuries:
Health care providers can not guarantee the results of medical treatment. Because a poor outcome is not always the result of malpractice, it is sometimes not appropriate to file a lawsuit. Contact us today to discuss your case. During your free initial consultation, we will help you determine whether it is appropriate to proceed with a lawsuit.