Patients should be able to trust their doctors or nurses to provide them with quality treatment and medical advice regarding their ailments and injuries. However, this is not always the case. In some situations, a medical caregiver may not give their patients the type and quality of treatment they need. Whether this is from a lack of knowledge or a conscious error, this violation of a patient’s fair expectations can grant that patient the right to pursue legal action against their healthcare provider.
If you or someone you love has suffered because of a medical caregiver’s mistakes, there may be legal steps that you can take against the medical professional at fault. For more information regarding this legal action, contact a St. Louis injury attorney of the Finney Law Office today at 314-646-0300.
What Counts as Medical Malpractice?
A patient has the right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit if their doctor or nurse breaks some of the basic rules surrounding their profession standards and responsibilities. The following must be proved before a person can file for compensation:
- There must be a doctor-patient relationship
- The doctor or nurse must fail to provide care that meets professional standards
- The injury suffered must have been the doctor’s or nurse’s fault
If any of these three things are missing from a malpractice lawsuit, it may not be upheld in court. Without these important parts of a lawsuit, the suit may be dismissed altogether.
If you need assistance after suffering an injury because of a doctor or nurse’s mistakes, you may be legally eligible to file for compensation. To discuss your options in further detail, contact a St. Louis injury lawyer of the Finney Law Office by calling 314-646-0300 today.