Broadly speaking, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional acts in a manner that falls below the prevailing standard of care while treating a patient and causes harm as a result. Countless patients place their trust in professional practitioners each and every day, and with good reason. Most have undergone years of extensive training and education, but the fact remains that even the most experienced doctors and nurses make mistakes. When that happens and negligence is suspected, a seasoned attorney can prove invaluable.
Medical malpractice claims can emerge from numerous types of treatment settings and circumstances, including everything from a broken bone sustained on the soccer field to the birth of a baby. Seemingly routine procedures can quickly turn tragic for entire families, and when that happens, litigation may be necessary. Diagnostic errors, surgical mishaps and pharmacological mistakes are just a few common situations in which actionable harm is often done.
An experienced medical malpractice attorney will work to establish medical malpractice by demonstrating that a doctor-patient relationship did indeed exist, that the medical professional did not meet the accepted standard of care relevant to the situation at hand and that his or her acts or omissions did directly cause the injuries alleged. Expert medical testimony will almost certainly be required in order to conclusively prove negligence, and a seasoned attorney will have access to highly trained witnesses and researchers who can provide it.
Because medical malpractice cause life-changing, debilitating harm to victims, significant monetary compensation is often available. Successful plaintiffs in such cases may be awarded payment for medical bills, therapy costs, rehabilitation expenses, physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment. Lost wages and loss of earning capacity may also be attainable in certain cases, and funeral costs and loss of expected financial support may be available cases of deadly negligence.