Medical malpractice occurs when a physician, hospital, or other medical professional has failed to provide medical care that meets the minimum required standard of care. You as a patient have the right to expect adequate service from your health care professional. The consequences of medical malpractice can be devastating.
According to a Harvard Medical Study, nearly 100,000 people die each year due to medical negligence and malpractice and many more are injured. When medical malpractice occurs, the patient often sustains injuries that are permanent and deadly.
Medical malpractice often occurs in specialized fields of medicine such as obstetrics-gynecology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine and orthopedics but may happen in any area of medicine.
Additionally, injuries sustained by a patient in a hospital or nursing Home due to poor care rendered by the staff is a medical negligence claim and must meet the requirements necessary to file a medical negligence claim.
Medical malpractice cases are very difficult and expensive. If you or a loved one believes you have suffered from medical malpractice, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible because the attorney, in most cases will need to review all of the patients medical records and consult with a physician to see if the medical professional you believe committed malpractice did in fact fall below the standard of care. This process can take several weeks.