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Services Offered by a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

This is one type of lawyer you almost certainly do not wish to have a need to consult.  However, it is also important to understand their role and how they can assist you in your time of need.  In general a medical malpractice lawyer is someone who specializes in dealing with cases where a doctor has made a mistake in either your diagnosis or your treatment.

However, not all mistakes are considered to be medical malpractice, after all, mistakes happen in all areas of life.  Distinguishing when you have a case and when you do not is one of the most important services offered by the medical malpractice lawyer. You can access a medical malpractice lawyer at most larger law firms or at smaller, dedicated malpractice firms.

There are several key criteria which must be present before a medical malpractice suit can be filed:
·         It is essential to be able to show that there was an existing doctor / patient relationship.  Without this mistakes are much more common and forgivable as the doctor will not necessarily be aware of all the facts pertinent to your case.

·         You also need to be able to demonstrate that the standard of care you received was consistently below the expected and required level of medical care you would expect to have.

·         There must also be a link, even if fairly vague, between the lack of care shown by the medical personnel and the resulting condition.  It is also essential that there will an obvious effect on your health; whether long or short term.  Of course, the longer the affect of the actions the more serious the claim and the higher the potential damages.  This is a direct relationship in respect of the likely costs to you which have and will be incurred in dealing with the resulting issues.

Your medical malpractice lawyer will be able to talk you through the scenario and ensure that all the above criteria have been met before you proceed with any case.  They will then be able to help you establish that the medical standard of care was not appropriate.  This involves establishing the level of care you should have received and how your care did not match this standard.

You will then need to work on the negligence side of your case.  This will be with your lawyer and a medical expert who will suggest what the doctor should have done and where his shortcomings were.  It is important that the lack of proper diagnosis or care by the doctor can be linked to a worsening of a condition or even to having a detrimental effect on your health.  Only at this point has the doctor been negligent.  You must have suffered harm as a direct result of the misdiagnosis or failure to provide treatment.

This is an incredibly complex area of the law and requires expert lawyers and medical personnel to assess your case and build a strong case before any action is taken.   Selecting a reputable and experienced medical malpractice lawyer is essential.
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