Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error. The injured patient must show that the physician acted negligently in rendering care, and that such negligence resulted in injury. To do so, four legal elements must be proven: (1) a professional duty owed to the patient; (2) breach of such duty; (3) injury caused by the breach; and (4) resulting damages. Money damages, if awarded, typically take into account both actual economic loss and noneconomic loss, such as pain and suffering. If you or a loved one have been harmed by medical malpractice, let us untangle the legal issues and ease your anxiety.
The following resources may prove useful when evaluating Medical Error and Patient Safety legal issues.