What Is Medical Malpractice?

Posted on October 12th, 2019 by Tom Zimmerman

If a patient is harmed by a doctor who failed to perform his or her medical duties, it’s possible that the patient can file a malpractice lawsuit. As a health care law attorney serving Chicago, Zimmerman Law Offices wants to make sure you know the facts you need in order to file a medical malpractice claim.

Medical Malpractice Claim

Some types of medical malpractice include the failure to diagnose, improper treatment, and the failure to warn a patient of risks known to the doctor. If you are looking to file a medical malpractice claim, a lot of moving parts are involved including the ability to show the following:

  • A doctor-patient relationship: You have to be able to prove that there was a physician-patient relationship with the doctor you are suing.
  • Negligence by the doctor: You can’t just be “unhappy” with the treatment you received. You have to be able to show that your doctor was negligent in direct connection with your diagnosis or treatment.
  • An injury was caused through the negligence: You have to show that your injury or sickness is related to the treatment from your doctor.
  • The injury led to damages: If you are able to show that the doctor performed below the standard of care and resulted in harm (such as physical pain or mental anguish), you may be able to file a claim. 

Reach Out Today

If you or a loved one feel that you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, contact your health care law attorney serving Chicago today. We will be able to assist you with your case, making sure you don’t go through this trying time alone. Contact us today.

 

 

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