What Qualifies as Grounds for Medical Malpractice?
You may have a case for medical malpractice if a medical provider’s negligent or careless actions led to your injuries. In Florida, various factors define medical negligence, and it is important to contact a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to get help evaluating the strength of your claim and how much compensation you might be owed.
But what exactly does qualify as grounds for medical malpractice? A medical professional making a simple mistake isn’t enough. Evidence must prove that the healthcare provider was negligent in caring for you. And that negligence must have harmed your health.
Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case
If you believe you have been injured due to a physician’s negligence, it is important to have your case evaluated because many elements must be in place for a successful malpractice case. These include the following:
- The first element that must be established is the existence of a doctor-patient relationship between you and the healthcare provider in question.
- Second, it must be determined that the care your doctor provided to you fell below the “standard of care,” representing a breach in the doctor-patient relationship. Examples include misdiagnosis of an illness, improper treatment, or incorrect medication prescription dosage.
- Third, a strong connection between the practitioner’s negligence and your medical injury must be established.
- Last, it must be found that measurable harm, or damages, to you occurred as a result of the negligence you and your lawyer have established.
A Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
Wondering whether you have a malpractice case won’t get you the compensation you need when you’ve suffered a medical injury. To get the compensation you’re owed, you’ll need to take action.
To have a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo evaluate your claim, give us a call at 561-659-6366. If you would prefer to reach out online, head to the bottom of this page to fill out our online contact form.