Your Medical Malpractice Case
Imagine waking up from surgery to discover your healthy right leg had been amputated and your gangrenous left one still attached. Or, months after your doctor told you the lump in your breast was just a benign cyst, you discover it’s cancer and has now advanced to a stage requiring radical treatment. Both of these scenarios have happened. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people are injured every year due to medical malpractice with more than 250,000 dying as a result.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when healthcare providers cause harm to patients by failing to comply with the required “standard of care” in the community in which they practice. That standard of care is determined by experts who are medical providers in the same field of medicine as the negligent provider who caused your injury. Experts review the medical records and determine if the care provided complied with the same type of care provided by other professionals in the same community who have similar training.
To pursue a claim for medical malpractice, you must prove the following:
You and the medical care provider had a professional relationship as doctor and patient
The medical professional was negligent in providing care below the established standard
The doctor's negligence is the cause of your harm
You incurred damages as a result of the harm
These elements may be easy to prove in a case as blatant as cutting off the wrong limb. In other situations, however, the case may be more subtle, and these four elements more difficult to prove. Our medical malpractice lawyers at Nordyke Law Offices, have been winning medical malpractice cases for over 35 years and we are prepared to fight aggressively for the justice you are entitled.