Medical malpractice is negligence by a healthcare professional. When a healthcare professional, like a doctor or a nurse, deviates from the accepted practices or standards established in the medical community and that deviation results in an injury, then a claim for medical malpractice can and should be pursued.
In most cases this claim must be proven by expert testimony. Other doctors or healthcare professionals typically give expert testimony because they know what doctors should do and can recognize when they have strayed from the proper level of care when treating patients. The expert must establish that the standard of care was not met, meaning that the defendant did not do what a reasonably careful healthcare professional would have done under the same or similar circumstances.
- The failure to provide appropriate treatment
- A delay in receiving proper treatment
- Incorrectly performing a surgery
For example, medical malpractice may happen when a patient is not properly taken care of during surgery, when a doctor fails to read test results, when medicine is improperly prescribed, or when a patient is not adequately monitored while in the hospital. An experienced medical malpractice attorney is essential to help injured people navigate the complexities of the medical and legal systems. We trust our doctors, nurses, Obstetricians, and other healthcare professionals to deliver the highest levels of patient care. When healthcare providers fail to meet the standard of care and patients suffer catastrophic harm or death as a result, this could give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Robert J. Napleton & Associates will tirelessly work to obtain the best legal outcome for you and your loved ones.