What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Gainesville & Ocala
While most medical professionals are knowledgeable and skilled, they are still prone to making mistakes. Unfortunately, when they do, this can severely damage their patients. Because of the possibility for mental and physical injury, doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and other health care providers are held to stringent standards. If they fail to perform their medical duties according to the reasonable standard of care within the medical profession, they may be held liable for medical malpractice.
Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim
There are certain requirements that must be met for an individual to have a valid medical malpractice claim. First, there must have existed a physician-patient relationship. Second, the medical practitioner must have been negligent. Third, it must be evident that the practitioner’s negligence was the origin of the injury suffered. Finally, the injury must have resulted in specific damages that harmed the patient and gave them grounds to pursue legal action. Specific damages may include physical and mental pain, addition medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, and more.
Some of the most common situations that result in medical malpractice claims are:
- Negligent childbirth care
- Negligent prenatal care
- Surgical errors
- Lab errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Prescription medication errors
- Defective drugs
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to diagnose in a timely manner
- Failure to refer to a specialist
Extensive Experience Helping Our Clients Pursue Damages
Because of the evidence that needs to be shown in order to win a case, the constantly revised and modified medical malpractice laws, and other legal challenges, pursuing legal action for medical malpractice can be an extremely difficult and confusing task. Our Gainesville personal injury attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A. have extensive experience in handling medical malpractice cases and an in-depth knowledge of the law and legal process. Let us help you pursue monetary recovery.