Medical Malpractice

Simply put, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to meet the standard of care provided by other medical professionals and expected by patients. This negligence may result in medical malpractice loss of income or injury to his or her patient. The medical professional may be a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, specialist, hospital worker, or the hospital itself.

Medical malpractice can take several forms, including:

  • Failure to diagnose a condition, such as cancer
  • Misdiagnosis of a patient's symptoms
  • Surgical errors, such as performing a procedure on the wrong part of the body
  • Failure to provide appropriate treatment for a patient's medical condition
  • Anesthesia errors

In order to recover compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit, the patient must be harmed in some way by the health care provider's error. The laws regarding medical negligence vary by state and it is a highly specialized area of law. Therefore, if you have suffered an injury as a result of a health care provider's error, it is important to find a medical malpractice lawyer who has experience handling these types of cases. A lawyer who is familiar with the medical and legal standards that apply to your case will be able to provide you with the best chance of recovering fair compensation.