Determining whether a situation constitutes medical malpractice can be difficult. Sometimes medical procedures don't work, or the result doesn't come out as expected. That alone, however, is not enough to constitute medical malpractice. Healthcare professionals are not perfect.
At the same time, doctors and nurses have a duty to take care of patients. Unexpected outcomes in medical care become potential medical malpractice lawsuits when healthcare professionals are negligent.
Pinning down negligence can be difficult. However, there are certain factors to look for if you believe you have a medical malpractice lawsuit. These include, but are not limited to:
- Did the professional have a duty to care for your health?
- Was that duty met, or did the professional deviate from standards?
- Was there an injury, and can it be connected to the professionals deviation from medical standards?
These are a few of the questions to ask when determining whether the medical professional was negligent. It can be a difficult issue, which is why consulting with an attorney is so beneficial.
Often, the results of medical malpractice are severe. The victim is either seriously injured or dies, leaving family members to explore a possible lawsuit.
If you suffer serious unexpected injuries from a medical procedure, or a loved one passes away, it's important to at least ask the question of whether there was negligence. If the answer is yes, or you are unsure, it is important to explore your legal options to potentially recover losses.