3 Things To Understand About Medical Malpractice
If you fear that you have been a victim of medical malpractice, it helps to understand exactly what medical malpractice actually is. This will help you further decide if you should consult an attorney to move forward with a medical malpractice case.
The Basic Definition of Medical Malpractice
First, it helps to understand the basic definition of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is something that happens when a medical provider does not provide a patient with the standard of care. The standard of care is basically the type of care that another medical provider would have provided you with in the same situation. If another physician, or multiple other physicians, would have provided a different level of care in the same situation, and would have found the care that your medical provider gave you lacking, that qualifies as negligence on the part of your medical provider, which is medical malpractice.
How to Determine If Your Situation Is Medical Malpractice
Second, there are certain criteria that need to be met in order for your particular case to qualify as medical malpractice. Just because a medical provider makes a different choice than other medical providers would make does not mean it was a bad choice. You need to have suffered because of your medical provider's actions. You need to have experienced an injury or damage to your health because of your medical provider's choices. You are going to need to be able to show that your medical provider's choices have had a direct and negative impact on your health.
How to Know if You Have a Medical Malpractice Case
Third, even if you know that what happened during your medical care would be considered a medical error and even perhaps medical malpractice, you need a really strong case to go to trial. You need a case that can be clearly proven through your medical records and that other experts will be willing to back up in court. Medical malpractice cases are tough to prove, so you are going to want to make sure that you consult with an attorney to determine if you have a case and how strong your case is before moving forward with a lawsuit.
If you decide to move forward with a lawsuit, be sure to hire an attorney who believes in your case and who has the experience to help create a robust case that you have a strong likelihood of winning in court or being awarded a settlement for. For more information, contact a local firm like Bellotti Law Group, P.C.