Identifying Medical Malpractice: How Can You Know If You Were Injured By Your Doctor?

When you seek medical attention, whether for a regular checkup or for diagnosis and treatment of a serious or even life-threatening medical condition, you place your trust in the skill, expertise, and attention of your healthcare provider. We all hope for the very best from these practitioners, and understand that there is no such thing as a guarantee of a positive outcome. But there is a difference between a physician not being able to provide the exact results that you are hoping for and a physician actually doing harm. At the Igwe Firm, we understand that when the medical profession has failed you, it is hard to know if you were injured by your doctor or whether the outcome was not their fault. As an experienced personal injury law firm, we have the resources available to help you make that distinction, and to provide you with legal representation if you have been the victim of medical malpractice.

One of the most important things that you need to understand if you suspect that you were injured by your doctor is exactly what the definition of medical malpractice is. In order to prove that your physician or health care provider has failed in their duty to provide you with the care to which you are entitled, the Igwe Firm will look for four specific factors, including

  • The existence of a doctor/patient relationship
  • Care that falls below the generally accepted standard for medical care in treating the same type of condition
  • The existence of damage to the patient that is quantifiable
  • Ability to show that this substandard care resulted in the damage being done

Though some of these points are quite easy to establish, others require a good deal more medical expertise and legal knowledge. That is why when trying a medical malpractice lawsuit, our firm utilizes expert witnesses to provide testimony regarding the level of care that the medical establishment deems standard for the treatment of a specific condition. When combined with a compelling, passionate presentation of your case, it is this testimony that is often most important to your ability to proving that your doctor caused your injury, and establishing that they are liable for providing you with compensation for the damages that you have suffered as a result.

When a medical practitioner or facility fails to provide you with the standard of care that the medical expert testifies would be expected, that is how medical negligence is established. As attorneys, we take the time to ensure that our expert witness will not only testify as to the care that you should have received, but also where your provider fell short and what the resulting damage was. We do this at no out-of-pocket cost to you – when you make an appointment with The Igwe Firm, you pay us nothing unless we win your case for you. For more information on how our experienced attorneys can get you the justice you deserve, call our office to set up a free consultation.