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Medical malpractice victims must prove their case

There are so many people across this country that suffer every year because a doctor failed to diagnose their condition, or because a pharmacist gave them the wrong prescription, or because a surgeon botched a typical procedure. That list could go on and on -- but the main point is that medical malpractice can deal devastating or even fatal injuries to an innocent person who is simply seeking medical treatment. When a medical professional's care dips below the accepted standard, then questions must be raised and the victims (or their loved ones) must seek justice.

Having said all of that, how does one prove that medical malpractice happened?

There are four steps to proving that you were the victim of negligence -- which is what medical malpractice ultimately is. You have to establish that your physician owed you a duty of care. Once that is established, you need to show what the medical standard is for the condition you had or have. Then you must connect the dots, showing why the substandard care breached the duty of care owed. Finally, you need to prove the injuries and harm you suffered.

With these four things established, you can prove the medical malpractice claims that you are making. However, doing so without the help of an experienced attorney is nearly impossible. Medical malpractice cases are complicated and require patience. Consult with an attorney as soon as possible if you have been the victim of substandard medical care.

Source: FindLaw, "Proving Fault in Medical Malpractice Cases," Accessed Dec. 7, 2017

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