What is Medical Malpractice?
The number of medical malpractice cases reported and filed is increasing every year. However, despite this new commonality, most people do not know what qualifies as medical malpractice and what one needs to prove to have success in the courtroom. Many legitimate claims are not pursued, because patients simply are not familiar with how the laws works and what medical malpractice or negligence really is.
Negligence & Harm
Medical malpractice is essentially about negligence, and contrary to popular belief, is not limited in scope to physicians, but also can include nurses and other healthcare professionals. Medical negligence or malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional does something or fails to do something that results in injury or harm to the patient. In other words, they failed to meet standards of care whether by mistake or error, and caused injury.
A physician has to have made a mistake or error that caused harm to patient. This means that malpractice goes beyond a patient that is dissatisfied with the results or simply displeased. Actual harm or future harm has to exist as a result of the negligent care from the physician or healthcare professional. A medical malpractice claim, thus, involves building a case that shows that substandard care led to harmful consequences.
Medical malpractice cases require both medical and legal expertise in order to be successful in the courtroom. MedCase Litigation Specialties’ consultants can help your legal team identify standards of care, rules, regulations, guidelines, and protocols that are relevant to your case and that can support your negligence claim. We can also help find the expert witness with the right type of specialization to best address the key issues in your case. Our years of experience have allowed us to build relationships with physicians in all medical fields, including non-traditional medicine.