Medical Malpractice Lawyers - The Basics

Start here to understand what medical malpractice attorneys do, and how they are paid.

Medical negligence is the legal concept that forms the basis for most medical malpractice cases, at least from a liability standpoint -- although in some circles, the terms “medical negligence” and “medical malpractice” are used interchangeably.

In the sections below, we’ll define medical negligence, explain why an attorney is invaluable in a medical negligence/malpractice case, and provide links you can use to get in touch with a medical malpractice attorney in your area.

What is Medical Negligence?

Medical professionals like doctors and other care providers have a legal duty to their patients: the obligation to provide treatment that conforms with the medical standard of care under the circumstances.

So, what is the "medical standard of care?” It is typically defined as the level of skill and care that a reasonably competent health care professional -- with similar training and in the same medical community -- would have provided to the patient.

Medical negligence occurs when a doctor, dentist, surgeon, or other medical professional performs their job in a way that deviates from this accepted medical standard of care. And when that negligence ends up causing actual harm to a patient, there may very well be a viable medical malpractice lawsuit.

 Learn more: Medical Negligence Explained.

The Role of a Medical Negligence Lawyer

If you think you might have a valid medical negligence/malpractice case, it is always a good idea to discuss your case and explore your legal options with an experienced attorney. This is especially true if you have suffered significant injuries and/or economic losses as a result of the malpractice. A medical malpractice lawsuit isn’t the kind of case you want to try handling on your own.  

Medical negligence cases can get extremely complex from a number of angles -- legal, medical, and procedural. Most medical negligence attorneys will have years of experience handling these kinds of cases, and they will be able to navigate the landscape and anticipate (and avoid) common pitfalls. What’s more, many medical malpractice cases hinge on the credibility and testimony of expert medical witnesses, and most attorneys are part of a professional network that likely includes the right expert for your case.

Medical Malpractice Lawyer Fees

Most medical malpractice attorneys will agree to represent a plaintiff on a "contingency" basis. Learn more about what that means: What are typical medical malpractice lawyer fees?

Contact a Medical Negligence Lawyer Near You

Use the links below to find and discuss your case with an experienced medical negligence attorney in your area.   

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