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Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, trumped only by heart disease and cancer. In fact, so many people are injured at the hands of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, that medical malpractice payouts total billions of dollars every year. Medical malpractice occurs any time that a medical care provider does not abide by the standard of care that should be afforded to a patient and causes harm that other medical professionals in the same position would not have caused.

Elements In A Medical Malpractice Case

Medical malpractice occurs more often that many may be comfortable recognizing. We place so much trust and respect to doctors that it is intimidating to think that they are incapable of providing anything less than the most exemplary care. When your health and safety have been compromised, you deserve to hold medical professionals accountable. In order to have a valid medical malpractice claim, you should work with an attorney to prove that all of the elements of a case exist.

Specifically, it must be shown that:

  1. The physician who caused you harm is one that you had a legitimate physician-patient relationship with;
  2. The doctor caused you some kind of injury that another doctor, in the same or similar circumstances, would not have caused;
  3. The incompetence of this doctor in their care of you directly resulted in your injury; and
  4. That you can show that physical pain, mental suffering, additional medical expenses, and the loss of work resulted from this injury.

How can a doctor be negligent in their care of you? There are numerous ways that medical professionals may not perform to the best of their abilities and leave you needing additional medical treatments. Some of the most common reasons that doctors are brought up on medical malpractice charges is by failing to diagnose an illness and preventing actions from being taken on their treatment, failing to provide the standard of treatment that would be expected from the illness, and failing to provide informed consent to their patient. However, these are not the only ways that doctors can be found negligent.

If you are wondering if you may have a medical malpractice claim, your best bet is to consult with an experienced Kansas City attorney at Millikan Wright, LLC. Medical malpractice cases must be brought within the statute of limitations and involve significant expert testimony and considerations throughout the case. With over 50 years of combined experience, our firm is sure to bring dedicated and knowledgeable representation to any case. For more information, schedule a free case evaluation or contact our firm directly.

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