What constitutes medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is an umbrella term covering any area of malpractice in the medical field. It can refer to any treatment or care provided by a medical professional which causes harm or injury to the patient. Medical negligence refers to the omission of the proper standard of care, or inadequate care which resulted in the harm of the patient. The purpose of a medical malpractice lawsuit is to recover compensation for damages inflicted on the patient.
If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice and reside in the Houston area, contact a personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your legal options. There are four areas which must be established for a successful medical malpractice claim. The first area to establish is duty. The doctor or medical care provider has a legal duty to his/her patients any time they administer treatment to a patient. Second, the duty is breached. This means the relevant standard of care was not met by the care provider and the actions performed amounted to negligence.
Many times an expert in the specific area of medical care will have to be consulted to establish a breach of duty. Thirdly, the breach of duty must be shown to have caused injury to the patient. Lastly, for a medical malpractice claim to move forward there must be damages. Damages are the injuries and harm incurred by the patient due to the medical breach of duty. Medical malpractice cases can be extremely complex and are governed by a number of laws.
Holding a Medical Professional Accountable
There are unfortunately many fields of medicine where malpractice is known to have occurred. Wrongful deaths have been caused by negligent and over-prescription of drugs. The costs of misdiagnosis of cancer, or late diagnoses are paid in lives lost. Our firm is relentless in our fight for justice in medical malpractice claims, and fighting on behalf of the injured for fair compensation for their injuries, damages and other losses experienced. At
The Doan Law Firm, P.C., our legal team is exceptionally dedicated to assisting the injured and their families in medical malpractice cases.