What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a term used to describe a wrongful act or mistake made on the part of a medical care provider that causes injury or harm to a patient. Medical professionals including doctors, nurses, surgeons, and others who take on a professional role in the administration of care to patients are expected to adhere to certain professional standards in this role. When a mistake is made, particularly one related to negligence that leads to a patient’s harm, the medical care provider who made the error may be held responsible for damages incurred by the patient.
It is estimated that nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of a medical error. A number of these errors result in claims for personal injury compensation. Successful medical malpractice claims involve proving that a hospital or health care provider:
- Had a legal duty in the care of the patient
- Breached that duty by providing substandard care
- Caused an injury to the patient by breach of the duty
- An injured patient incurred damages as a result
A hospital or provider of medical care may be liable for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, mental anguish and other damages a patient may incur following an injury. A medical malpractice lawyer that is also a practicing physician experienced in life care planning can help ensure that one’s long-term medical needs are included in their estimated damages when one is pursuing compensation.
The Life Care Solutions Group provides a wide variety of services that can be of value to the injured party, families of those injured, and attorneys who need assistance in medical-legal issues. Life Care Solution Group consists of experienced trial attorneys and a Board Certified medical doctor who is both a medical malpractice attorney and a Certified Life Care Planner.
Contact us today for information about a medical malpractice attorney or life care planning in Los Angeles or surrounding areas.