In general, medical malpractice refers to when a doctor or other medical professional provides negligent care that results in harm to the victim. Medical malpractice can occur when diagnosing, treating or managing an illness. When a doctor has deviated from the acceptable standard of care, or a hospital has provided improper care or treatment, a claim for medical malpractice may be possible.

Medical malpractice situations and circumstances can be complex. In some circumstances, the victim may not know exactly how they were harmed. In others, technical knowledge may be required to prove the nature of the harm. The need for compensation, however, for the medical costs, lost earnings and pain and suffering damages victims and families may experience, may be shared in common by many victims. A medical malpractice claim provides a potential opportunity to recover compensation for the damages suffered.

Doctors or other medical professionals may be liable when they have failed to diagnose a medical condition or misdiagnosed a medical condition and the misdiagnosis has led to a worsened condition. In addition, improper treatment may also lead to liability for harm. Wrong-site surgery and other surgical errors may also result in the doctor or other medical professional being required to compensate the victim for the damages they have suffered.

Regardless of the nature of the doctor error or medical malpractice suffered by the victim, legal resources are available to protect victims and their families. Victims of medical malpractice should be familiar with the legal options available to help them.

Source: FindLaw, “Medical Malpractice In-Depth,” accessed Jan. 2, 2017