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The Basics of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

When a health care professional’s actions or failure to take action deviates from accepted standards of health care and causes injury to the patient, it is considered medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is a type of professional negligence, which means that patients injured by negligent doctors or medical staff have the right to file a lawsuit against them.

All medical malpractice claims require the plaintiff to establish four points:

  • The duty of the health care professional to provide care to the patient needs to be recognized.
  • A breach of medical duty on the part of the health care professional must be proven.
  • The health care professional’s failure to provide the appropriate level of care must be proven.
  • The breach in duty must result in injury.

Medical malpractice claims not only work to compensate patients that were injured by negligent health care professionals, but they also help to identify areas of the industry that may need improving. In a study of claims from 1985-2000 in the U.S., 68% of incidents took place in an outpatient setting. During the same 15 years, over 1,200 deaths resulted from malpractice situations.

If you or a loved one has experienced medical malpractice which resulted in an injury, contact an attorney immediately. The Green Bay medical malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are dedicated to the success of your lawsuit and will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Call 800-242-2874 to schedule your free initial consultation and begin the fight to protect your rights.