Did My Healthcare Provider Commit Medical Malpractice?
“Medical malpractice refers to professional negligence by a health care professional or provider in which treatment provided was substandard, and caused harm, injury or death to a patient. … The error may have been because nothing was done (an act of omission), or a negligent act.”
The point of contention for a medical malpractice case is whether a medical professional performed below the expected standard of care. If you believe that a medical professional has treated you below the expected standard, acted with medical negligence, or caused you further harm from treatment, you may be entitled to compensation for any damages you have incurred.
Not all medical mistakes are considered malpractice. Doctors are human, they’re expected to make some mistakes. To be considered malpractice, the situation must meet two criteria:
- The healthcare provider performed under the expected standard of care
- The healthcare provider’s medical negligence or acts of omission resulted in a valid, serious injury
Malpractice is not limited to just doctors; nurses, aides, pharmacists, hospitals, and even pharmaceutical companies can all be held accountable for malpractice. It is important to recognize the correct party at fault before contacting a medical malpractice lawyer and taking any legal action for adverse effects that you suffered from medical care.