The Basics of Medical Malpractice

The Basics of Medical Malpractice

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 27-Sep-2018

When a patient is harmed by a medical professional due to substandard care or negligence, this is known as medical malpractice. Given the complexities often involved in such cases, it is imperative to hire skilled legal counsel as soon as possible to increases your chances of obtaining fair and just compensation.

Below are some of the basics involved in proving medical malpractice occurred:

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed: This is generally pretty straightforward and easy to prove. However, if you overheard medical advice from a doctor at a social gathering and applied it to your own situation, you would not be able to say that a doctor-patient relationship existed. Only in cases where a consulting physician did not directly treat a patient does this become a complex requirement to prove.
  • Your physician was negligent: Being unhappy with your treatment or results does not mean medical malpractice was at play. In order for medical malpractice to exist, the medical professional who treated you would have had to act negligently in connection with the diagnosis or treatment you received. Remember, doctors are not required to provide the best possible care. They are simply expected to be both “reasonably skillful and careful” when treating a patient.
  • Your physician’s negligent actions caused the injury: To prove medical malpractice, your attorney will have to prove both that the medical professional acted negligently and that his or her negligent actions resulted in injuries. To accomplish this, medical expert testimony is generally required.
  • Your injury resulted in specific damages: Moreover, even if it is clear that your doctor provided substandard care, a patient would not be able to sue unless he or she suffered physical pain, mental anguish, additional medical bills, or lost work or earning capacity.

Some of the most common types of medical malpractice that occur include misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, improper treatment, and a failure to warn patients of known risks.

Medical Malpractice Attorney in Orlando

If you were injured by the substandard care of a medical professional, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation. At The Maher Law Firm, our team of medical malpractice attorneys in Orlando is backed by over 40 years of experience and a proven track record of success, so you can rest assured your case will be in good hands with us. You should not go through this difficult time on your own. Reach out to us for the skilled legal advocacy you deserve.

Get started on your medical malpractice case today and call our law office at (855) 338-0720 to request a free initial case evaluation.

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