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:
- The physician who caused you harm is one that you had a legitimate physician-patient
- The doctor caused you some kind of injury that another doctor, in the same
or similar circumstances, would not have caused;
- The incompetence of this doctor in their care of you directly resulted
in your injury; and
- 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.