People who seek treatment from medical professionals for their symptoms, illnesses and ailments expect to receive a proper diagnosis and then follow-up care. Patients of medical professionals literally place their lives in their doctors’ hands, which is why doctors are required to provide sufficient amount of care when dealing with patients. Unfortunately, there are times when medical professionals fail to provide the set amount of care, fail to diagnose or simply act negligently. When these professionals act in this manner, they place their patients at risk for injury. In some cases, medical professionals’ negligence can lead to patients dying.
Medical malpractice is a term that is legally defined as a negligent act or omission by a medical professional in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the medical professional’s patient.
Do You Have Grounds for a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Once a patient has become a victim of medical malpractice, he or she may contemplate taking legal action against his or her doctor. However, in order for people to take legal action, they must be able to prove numerous things. First, they must prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed. This means that the person was being treated by a medical professional for a period of time. Second, they must prove that the doctor was in fact negligent. This is very difficult to prove as doctors, hospitals and insurance companies will do everything possible to conceal negligence. Third, they must prove that the medical professional’s negligent actions caused them injuries. These injuries must be documented and cannot be minor in nature.
Finally, they must prove that their injuries led to them incurring damages, like pain, additional medical bills or lost income. The best way for people to build strong cases and prove each of these elements is by working with a qualified medical malpractice lawyer, like the lawyers at Orner Law, LLC.
With offices in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Orner Law, LLC serves injury and accident victims throughout South Florida.throughout South Florida, including Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Contact a South Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney at our law firm to see how we can help you with your claim or lawsuit.