Understanding the Rules of Medical Malpractice

Understanding the Rules of Medical Malpractice

Health and Fitness May 5, 2021

No one ever expects to become a victim of medical malpractice. After all, doctors need over a decade of schooling to get into their role, and even once they’re in their role they are under constant supervision from different boards to ensure the quality of their practice. That’s why being the victim of medical malpractice can make a person feel helpless.

Luckily, no one has to feel alone when they’re the victim of medical malpractice.

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They have the law on your side. There are four essential elements that someone must prove to have a successful medical malpractice claim. First, the doctor must have owed a patient care. Secondly, that the doctor didn’t provide adequate care. Next, that their action caused injury to the patient. Finally, for a malpractice claim to be successful, the patient needs to prove damages caused by the medical malpractice. This can sound overwhelming, but it isn’t. For example, a relationship is as simple as a patient speaking to a doctor as a patient. If the doctor recommended any treatment, there is a relationship established.

The easiest way to approach this is as a cause and effect related situation. Did the doctor cause something to happen that was foreseeable? If so, did that foreseeable outcome occur, and what damage did it cause? Once these are established, a victim of medical malpractice will be able to bring their legal claim up to recover the damages they lost.