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Filing a malpractice claim against a medical professional

Although going to the doctor is often a routine experience for Houston residents, medical professionals can sometimes make mistakes that cause serious injuries. Doctors are held to a high standard of care, and when medical negligence occurs they can often be held responsible for the harm they have caused.

Those who have been wrongfully injured by a doctor should know that there are four things needed to satisfactorily show medical malpractice. First, the victim must show that there was a doctor-patient relationship and that the dentist had a duty to the patient. Second, it must be proven that the doctor deviated from the applicable standard of care. Third, that deviation from the standard of care must be shown to have caused the injury to the patient. And finally, the patient needs to have suffered an actual injury from the dental mishap.

Medical professionals have the obligation to provide the safe and effective treatments to their patients. When a doctor causes an injury to a patient it may be because he or she failed to follow acceptable standards. Therefore, a patient may want to contact a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice to discuss their concerns. An attorney can review medical records and determine what went wrong during the care. If malpractice is proven, then compensation may be available to help a victim cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

When an individual is harmed by a medical professional's actions or inaction, his or her life can be thrown into turmoil, as he or she may be left with a worsened condition. Though filing a lawsuit may not be one's first thought, it should certainly enter into their mind. Though a successful claim may not make one physically whole again, it may allow him or her to recover compensation to acquire the medical care he or she needs and find a sense of financial stability.

Source: FindLaw, "Proving fault in medical malpractice cases", accessed on March 22, 2015

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