Patients trust doctors and other healthcare professionals with their lives. When healthcare professionals make errors that cause a patient harm, it may be considered medical malpractice. Some mistakes lead to minor injuries, but others can cause fatal health complications.
Medical malpractice victims may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Medical malpractice law is complicated, so you will need representation from an experience personal injury attorney.
Doctors’ mistakes are not always considered medical malpractice. In order to prove that medical malpractice occurred, a plaintiff must be able to show these four elements existed:
• There was a doctor-patient relationship between the defendant and the plaintiff.
• The doctor was negligent, which means he acted in a way that a competent doctor would not have acted under similar circumstances.
• You were injured as a result of the doctor’s negligence.
• You suffered some type of harm as a result of these injuries, including physical or emotional pain, unnecessary medical expenses, or lost wages.