Medical Malpractice Explained

Medical Malpractice Explained

When we visit doctors and other health care providers for medical treatment, we expected to be treated respectfully and handled with care. Our physicians should have the knowledge, experience, and compassion to correctly diagnose and treat our medical ailments or to refer us on to someone who can. Those who fail to uphold this expected standard of care may put their patients at risk of experiencing dangerous or already life-threatening injuries.

If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, then you have the right to take legal action against the physician or facility at fault. With the help of an experienced malpractice attorney, you may be able to retrieve damages compensating you for your additional medical bills, lost wages, pain and experiencing.

How do I know if I have been a victim of medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a physician or medical treatment facility behaves in a negligent or malicious manner toward a patient, consequently causing injury, illness, or death to the patient. There are many different types of malpractice than occur:

  • Dangerously delayed diagnoses
  • Unreasonable delay in treatment
  • Failure to collect inform consent
  • Committing a surgical error
  • Birth injuries
  • Pharmaceutical errors
  • Hospital negligence
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Emergency room errors

As you can see, many careless and incompetent actions fall under the vicinity of medical malpractice. Because medicine is such a delicate and invasive area, all of these errors present physical and psychological threats to patients. consequently, physicians are expected to perform competently and attentively every time they are on the job.

Proving Your Malpractice Case

In order to successfully prove that you have been a malpractice victim, you need to be able to prove that all of the following elements are present:

  • The defendant owed a certain duty of care to the plaintiff (present in a doctor/patient relationship)
  • This duty of care was breached, likely due to negligence on behalf of the physician
  • As a consequence of this breach, the plaintiff suffered an injury
  • This injury incurred damages of some sort

Many times, doctors who have been accused of committing medical malpractice fight very hard against allegations made against them. consequently, it is very important for you to enlist the help of an attorney who can precisely estimate your situation and provide comprehensive proof that all four of these factors were present.

Contact Us

If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, then the St. Petersburg personal injury attorneys of Betlz & Ruth, P.A. can help you retrieve damages. To learn more about how our experienced lawyers can help you retrieve compensation, visit our website today at

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