The phrase “medical malpractice” seems to be everywhere, especially in the legal world. But many people aren’t exactly sure what it means. If you’ve had a negative experience in a hospital that caused you some level of trouble, does that count as medical malpractice? Or does the term only apply to very serious situations in which a person is permanently incapacitated or dies as a result of inappropriate medical treatment? Read on to learn more.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a term used to describe neglect, inappropriate treatment, the omission of care, or substandard care that results in injury, harm, or death for a patient.
Hospitals and medical professionals are expected to provide a certain standard of care for their patients. While medical professionals aren’t responsible for every hardship their patients face, they are responsible if that hardship comes as a result of the professional offering a standard of care that is less than expected in similar situations.
Qualifications for Medical Malpractice
In order for medical malpractice to be a legitimate concern, several factors must be considered, including the following:
- Failure to provide the proper degree of quality care
- Negligence that results in injury or harm
- Injury with damaging consequences (constant pain, loss of income, etc.)
If one of the above elements is true for you or someone you love, you may have a case for medical malpractice.
The bottom line is that the physician or medical professional must have acted in a way that goes against the standard of care that they are expected to provide and that the result was significant harm or even death for the patient under their care.
Have You Experienced Medical Malpractice?
If you believe you have a medical malpractice case, contact Wettermark Keith today. We won’t rest until you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation right away.