How to Spot Medical Malpractice

Knowing when you’re the recipient of medical malpractice is an extremely difficult thing to discern. Trained eyes must be consulted in order to determine if you have a case or not. But even with the help of professionals, understanding whether a doctor can be held accountable is a fairly murky process. Despite their superhuman powers to heal the wounded, doctors too are fallible creatures who can’t be blamed for every mistake they make.

To determine whether malpractice has occurred, one must establish that the health care provider has not met the “standard of care” that is universal among doctors in the USA. “Standard of care” can be a difficult thing to define and requires a number of outside doctors to assess whether the health-care provider was acting in a negligent manner.

A claim is only viable if as a result of medical treatment, the patient sustained an injury or an injury was compounded. However, such incidents are the bare minimum that a case needs in order to hold water. Lawyers will only take on cases if medical practitioners review the case and can ascertain that medical negligence was, in fact, the source of the injury. Lawyers require such certainty before moving forward with the case due to the statistic that 80% of medical malpractice cases end with no payment to the person or persons injured.

If for example, a doctor prescribes a patient the wrong medication, a case may be viable, and the patient should get in touch with a Drug Injuries Attorney. That being said, few other injuries are overt grounds for a civil lawsuit. If you’re located in the Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, Owensboro or surrounding areas and feel that you have been wronged by a medical practitioner you should get in touch with the Gerling Law Firm.

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