When you suffer an injury or do not feel well, you probably count on a doctor to provide the best course of recovery for you. Whether that requires surgery or a series of tests to diagnose your condition, you likely trust that your provider will know what they need to do to help you.
Medical professionals complete countless hours of training prior to becoming licensed. Although their education equips them for a wide variety of circumstances, they are not exempt from making mistakes. In some cases, you might be able to hold a provider accountable for negligence in their treatment. But do you know what medical malpractice entails?
What if your doctor injures you?
Medical malpractice refers to injuries which were caused by acts of, or omissions of, care outside of the accepted normal practice within the medical community. It deals with a patient receiving substandard treatment or care.
If your doctor acted negligently while you were under his or her care, causing you to suffer from an injury or further medical complications, you may be interested in exploring your legal options. To make your case, you would have to prove that:
- Your medical provider had a professional duty to you
- They did not fulfill their duty
- Your injury occurred as a result
- You suffered
If the court agrees with your allegations, they may award you financial compensation. No amount of money can make up for inadequate medical care. However, holding a provider accountable can help you cover the additional healthcare expenses you incurred during your course of treatment.