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Medical Malpractice FAQs

Medical Malpractice FAQsMedical negligence – or malpractice – occurs when a health care provider acts in an unreasonable manner under the circumstances. Doctors, for example, are held to the standard of care of a hypothetical ‘reasonable doctor’ who is acting under the same or similar circumstances. On the other hand, specialist medical providers, like orthopedists and cardiologists, are often held to a national standard of care. 


When a doctor or other healthcare provider makes a serious medical mistake, a patient could suffer a traumatic injury or illness that can affect them for many years to come. In the most serious instances, a medical mistake could lead to a patient’s untimely death.


If you believe that you might have been the victim of medical malpractice or negligence, the  Matthews medical malpractice attorneys at the Panchenko Law Firm are here to help. We can investigate the circumstances of your case and help you file a claim or lawsuit for medical malpractice, seeking the compensation and damages that you deserve. Please give us a call today to discover more about how we could help you file and litigate your Matthews medical malpractice claim.


What Are Some Examples of Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of circumstances. In order for there to be malpractice, the provider must have acted unreasonably under the circumstances. Medical malpractice could include leaving an instrument inside a patient’s body following a procedure, failing to timely diagnose a medical condition (or misdiagnosing the condition), or performing the incorrect medical procedure on a patient.


Who Has the Burden of Proof in a Medical Malpractice Case?

In a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit, the plaintiff – or the injured patient – has the burden of proof. Specifically, the injured patient must demonstrate, through expert medical testimony, that the treating doctor did something wrong. In addition, the patient must be able to establish through expert testimony that the malpractice resulted in an injury or illness.


What Damages Can I Recover in my Medical Malpractice Claim or Lawsuit?

If you are able to satisfy the legal elements of your medical malpractice claim, you may be eligible to recover various types of damages. First, you could recover compensation for any medical treatment – including future medical treatment – that becomes necessary due to the malpractice. You could also pursue compensation for all of the related pain, suffering, and inconvenience that you experienced. Also, if the malpractice prevented you from being able to use a body part, you could pursue damages for loss of use.


Call a Knowledgeable Matthews Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

Even good doctors sometimes make serious medical mistakes. When that happens, the experienced legal team at the Panchenko Law Firm will do everything possible to help you prove your medical malpractice claim and recover all of the damages that you deserve for your injury or illness. For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an experienced Matthews medical malpractice lawyer, please call us today at (704) 900-7675 or contact us online for more information about how we can help.

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