Medical malpractice is a legal term that describes when a medical professional or entity, such as a doctor, nurse, or hospital fails to provide proper medical care to a patient, and the patient is harmed as a result. Each year in the United States, more than one million people are victimized by medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you may consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit represented by Snyder & Wenner, P.C.
But, what is medical malpractice? And how do you know if you have a case?
Medical malpractice can take many different forms. In general, it occurs when a health care provider fails to provide proper medical care to a patient, and the patient suffers harm. This can include everything from misdiagnosing an illness to performing surgery on the wrong body part. It can also include failing to monitor a patient’s condition properly or providing adequate follow-up care after treatment.
If you believe that you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, the first step is to talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney. An attorney will be able to review your case and help you determine if you have a valid claim. To win a medical malpractice case, you must show that the health care provider was negligent and that the negligence was a cause of the injuries. If you are successful in your case, you may be awarded compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
How is medical malpractice defined?
For an incident to qualify as medical malpractice, it must meet several specific criteria. First and foremost, the patient must have suffered some form of harm due to their medical care. Although medical malpractice is easily defined, investigating, analyzing information, and negotiating with insurance companies responsible for malpractice isn’t black and white and requires a qualified medical malpractice attorney’s full attention.
One of the most important aspects of a malpractice case is providing evidence to show the health care professional in question acted negligently. If a professional fails to provide a standard of care that reasonable health care professionals would have provided in the same service industry or profession, you may have a case.
Finally, it must be shown that the health care professional’s negligence was a cause of the patient’s harm.
When to call a medical malpractice attorney
The results can be severe when a hospital, staff, or medical provider makes an error. Errors performed by a surgeon or healthcare practitioner often result from a lack of communication from one practitioner to another, improper diagnosis, or failure to discern details and factors of a medical diagnosis or surgery. As the premier medical practice law firm in Phoenix and Tucson, the lawyers at Snyder & Wenner, P.C. understand your case’s importance, and our reputation stands as holding healthcare providers accountable for their actions.
Our lawyers will provide you with the highest level of representation. With a combined 90+ years of experience, we will:
- Work with you 1-1 to analyze your case with medical experts
- Collect medical records from a nursing home, hospital, or healthcare provider
- Collect expert testimony from physicians to review the details of your case
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, give us a call for a free consultation. We will work with you to help determine if your case will result in a valid lawsuit.