Malpractice – it’s a word that is tossed around quite frequently today. It carries with it connotations of dereliction of duty and ignoring a duty of care on the part of a medical professional. However, what is medical malpractice, actually, and what should you do if you believe you or someone you love has experienced it? Working with Dekalb medical malpractice lawyers will help ensure that you have the representation you deserve.
What Is Malpractice?
Malpractice can be boiled down to this – professional negligence on the part of a qualified medical professional that results in harm to the patient. However, take note of that word “negligence”. Malpractice is not a simple mistake or an error in judgment. So, what constitutes negligence? It can be anything. It could be an incorrect diagnosis. It could be something as horrifying as leaving surgical implements inside the body after surgery. It could be erroneously prescribing medications. There is any number of potential examples. The most important thing is that this negligence must lead to harm to you (or another individual). Without causing harm, there is no malpractice case.
The Burden of Proof
Because medical malpractice is a serious crime, it must be proven in a court of law. Also, you (the claimant) must be able to present enough proof to convince the court that malpractice did occur, and the medical professional in question was derelict in his or her duties, which resulted in harm or damage to you. That can be very difficult to do. You may suspect that your doctor was negligent, but how do you prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt? How do you draw a direct line from your injury or symptoms to the actions of your medical provider? It can be immensely challenging, but Dekalb medical malpractice lawyers have the experience, education, and training necessary to help you prove your case in a court of law.
Have You Been the Victim of Medical Malpractice?
Have you or someone you loved been the victim of medical malpractice? There is no need to suffer silently, and there is a way to hold that medical professional accountable for his or her negligence. We invite you to contact Fisk & Monteleone, LTD. today. Call 815-315-0576 to schedule a free consultation. We will be happy to examine your case, study the pertinent details, and provide you with the guidance you require.