Medical malpractice is one of the most common categories of personal injury lawsuits in the world. Given that it can lead to debilitating injury or even death for unfortunate patients, the law takes all accusations of negligence leveled against medical care providers very seriously. As a former Houston TX personal injury attorney, I hope to teach you how to recognize cases of medical malpractice and file a lawsuit when you feel you have been subject to negligent medical care.
Before you file a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is important to first understand what exactly constitutes medical malpractice. Well, when the lawsuit is brought in civil court, medical malpractice generally refers to any negligence on the part of a medical caregiver when prescribing medical treatment to or performing a medical procedure on a patient. Common examples include providing an erroneous drug prescription to a patient, failing to diagnose an obvious medical condition or misdiagnosing a medical condition, forcing the patient to undergo unnecessary medical treatment. A small minority of cases involve the intentional infliction of harm by a medical caregiver. Such allegations of medical malpractice must be brought in criminal court.
If you feel that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, the first thing to do is contact a qualified physician and explain the situation to him. In order to successfully file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you will need documents from this physician confirming that you have been the victim of negligent medical care. You then need to contact a certified lawyer. Law firms with a long and illustrious history like Alton Todd are a good place to start. You’ll find many talented lawyers who will help you put together a case.
Doctors, nurses and other medical caregivers owe a serious moral obligation to their patients to put in their utmost effort in helping them remedy their ills. If you suspect that your medical care provider is guilty of dereliction of duty, a medical malpractice lawsuit will help you receive just compensation.