Medical malpractice is the improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, nurse, hospital, dentist, pharmacist, or other health care provider. A health care provider commits malpractice when he or she fails to meet the “standard of care” for the community in which the health care service is provided. The “standard of care” is generally defined as the watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances. In determining whether your physician or other health care provider met the applicable “standard of care,” Courts will ask the question, “what would a competent medical professional have done in this situation?” If a health care provider’s actions do not meet the “standard of care,” then his or her acts may constitute medical malpractice, any damages resulting therefrom may be claimed in a lawsuit by the injured patient and the health care provider may be liable for the injury or death caused by his or her sub-standard conduct. Reasonable minds can differ – the “standard of care” for any situation can only be described and identified by another health care professional with the appropriate training and experience.
If you or a family member are the victim of medical malpractice, you need an experienced attorney with the financial resources, medical knowledge, and courtroom skill to obtain full and fair compensation. Please contact our office and speak with a member of the firm. The applicable statute of limitations is likely already running, so timing can be critically important to your case. Contact us today for a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation.