People entrust doctors with their lives every day.
And when they do, physicians and other healthcare professionals have a sworn duty to provide patients with safe, ethical and accurate medical treatment. But things don’t always go as they should. It is estimated that nearly a quarter million Americans fall victim to medical malpractice each year.
Medical malpractice occurs when negligence by a hospital, doctor, nurse, EMT or other medical practitioner results in injury or death. To prove medical negligence for any given case, lawyers look for deviations from what is considered a normal standard of care. That is, performance or actions of a healthcare provider that don’t measure up to what a reasonably careful medical practitioner would have done facing the same or similar situation.
When a patient’s injuries result from a violation or deviation of the standard of care, it is considered medical malpractice. Those who suffer harm from medical malpractice may be able to hold the medical care provider(s) liable for their injury under the special rules that apply to this type of professional negligence.