Medical malpractice has far-reaching consequences. The victim may suffer chronic pain, a lifelong disability and loss of enjoyment of life. If the patient cannot return to work, then his or her family could face overwhelming debt. Unfortunately, medical negligence is a widespread problem. In fact, a Johns Hopkins University study found that medical errors cause more than 250,000 deaths per year – more than stroke, diabetes and unintentional injuries.
If you suffered an injury due to the negligence of a health-care worker, then you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages. However, making a successful medical malpractice claim is a legally complicated endeavor.
You will need to prove that:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed;
- The doctor was negligent;
- The doctor’s negligence caused an injury;
- And the value of your damages.
This may require testimonies for economists and medical specialists, an independent medical examination, and other evidence.
If you were a victim of medical malpractice in Alabama, contact a Mobile injury lawyer from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. Our legal team provides aggressive and compassionate representation. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Read on to learn about four elements you will need to prove when making a medical malpractice claim:
A Doctor-Patient Relationship Existed
In order for your claim to be successful, you will have to prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed. For example, if a doctor was providing medical advice to another patient and you decided to apply that advice to your own condition, then you cannot make a claim against that doctor if the advice does not work.
The Doctor Was Negligent
Just because your treatment did not work does not necessarily mean that you were the victim of medical malpractice. Your injury attorney will need to prove that the medical worker provided a standard of care that is below the accepted standard within his or her specialization. This often requires the testimonies of medical experts.
The Doctor’s Negligence Caused an Injury
In order for your claim to be successful, your injury lawyer will need to prove that the doctor’s negligence caused an injury or illness. This, again, may require the testimonies of medical experts, as well as an independent medical examination.
The Injury Led to Specific Damages
After proving that you suffered an injury or illness due to your doctor’s negligence, your injury lawyer will have to prove your damages. Common damages awarded in medical malpractice claims include compensation for past and future medical bills, lost income and benefits, and pain and suffering.
If you were injured due to medical malpractice in Alabama, contact a Mobile injury attorney from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. Our legal team will help you navigate the claims process and fight for the highest possible compensation. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.