Basic Requirements for Medical Malpractice Claims

When we get sick or are injured, we seek the care of doctors and other healthcare professionals to make us well again. In general we can fully expect them to do their best for us but what happens when things go wrong?

For anyone who has suffered as a result of a surgery gone bad, the feeling of being betrayed by a professional you trust with your life can run deep. Before accusing anyone of medical malpractice though, it is important to examine the situation carefully and seek the counsel of objective parties when we feel that doctors have harmed us because of negligence.

The laws vary from state to state, particularly regarding statute of limitations. Some states have instituted caps on amounts awarded to plaintiffs in the case of medical malpractice.

Most of us trust that the care of our doctors will bring us the best outcome possible given the situation. While it is not fair to expect our doctors to perform miracles we can expect a prudent, dutiful exercise of care that does us no lasting harm. A plaintiff must prove that a doctor acted in a way that breached the duties they had to their patient, and delivered below standard care. The plaintiff must be able to prove such a breach of duty caused injury, suffering, or reduced economic well-being, that there were losses or damages that could be established.

This information is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. You should contact an attorney for advice on specific legal problems. If you or a loved one has been treated negligently by a healthcare professional, call Goldberg & Osborne now at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or fill out our short and simple case form. You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries or losses.