When you go to a healthcare professional, you trust that they can do their job and do it correctly and treat you with care. They went through years of schooling and are under oath in order to do so. However, even with schooling and taking the oath, medical professionals can still commit medical malpractice. Some healthcare professionals are negligent in their behavior. Their negligence has caused you to sustain a disease or get injured or harmed. This is something you shouldn’t have to deal with but it still does happen. Even worse, your loved one may have died because of medical malpractice. There are several forms of medical malpractice. They typically fall under the categories of misdiagnosis, surgical errors, negligence that affected pregnancy and childbirth, or mistakes in prescribing or administering medication. It’s essential to know what you need to prove in order to file a medical malpractice claim.
What do you need to prove?
You must first prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed in the first place. You have to be able to prove that you hired the doctor as your care provider and they agreed to be hired. The doctor must be seeing and treating you directly. They can’t just have given you advice that you took and it caused you to sustain an injury, they have to be your doctor specifically and in the healthcare context such as a hospital. You must then show that your doctor was negligent, or careless in their actions. This cannot just be your opinion. You have to show that they made you sustain an injury and that another doctor in their position wouldn’t do what they did. Bringing in a medical expert on the area having to do with your injury or injuries can help to prove that your doctor’s actions specifically were negligent. They will be able to show what the medical standard of care is in your situation. If you are simply unsatisfied with the treatment or results are given to you by your doctor, then you do not have a grounds to sue for medical malpractice. You must show that your doctor’s negligence is what specifically caused your injury. You must prove that it’s “more likely than not” the doctor’s negligence that was a direct cause of your injury. It can’t be another medical issue you suffered not having to do with their negligence. A medical expert can help also to testify to prove that the doctor’s negligence caused your injury.
When you or your loved one has been injured through the negligence of a medical professional, it is completely unfair. Now you have to deal with the consequences because of their negligence. It’s terrible that many have gone through this same scenario. You aren’t alone. You expected to come out feeling better or cured but instead, you came out injured. Or your loved one died in the process. You need someone with years of experience on your side. The last thing you need is more stress. Contact The Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman P.A. today. Bradley S. Hartman and his staff know exactly how to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today using this contact form or call them at 954-438-1000.