Medical malpractice is most often considered to be a lawsuit filed against a doctor for some form of negligence that caused a patient harm. In reality, there are numerous kinds of malpractice lawsuits.
These days when people read about medical malpractice in the media, they assume that the story will be about a doctor doing something negligently that severely injured or caused the death of someone. Not many people realize that malpractice law includes not only medical malpractice, but legal, dental, accounting, real estate and other types of malpractice.
The difficulty here is in knowing if a professional did act negligently. While it’s true that trying to pinpoint negligence when dealing with a doctor or lawyer, etc., is like trying to capture the wind at times, there are some signs and red flags that will indicate something is amiss.
Attorneys are required to live up to certain ethical standards, as they are in a position of great authority. People trust their legal counsel to provide the best advice for them. When legal advice is knowingly given that is not in the best interests of the client, there may be grounds for a malpractice lawsuit.
The sticking point here is proving the “poor” advice was given with the knowledge that it would be detrimental to the client. What is required to file a legal malpractice lawsuit is a verified attorney/client relationship and that the information given to the client had a direct adverse effect on that client and that the act of giving that poor advice was foreseeable as causing harm.
For doctors and dentists, the standard of care they should offer patients is of the very highest. After all, they are supposed to do no harm and act in a patient’s best interests. Mistakes covered up or not admitted to despite being fairly obvious, may be grounds to ask for damages for injuries suffered as a result of the mistakes.
The law dealing with this area of malpractice varies from state to state when it comes to the criteria to be met to file a lawsuit. To find out what is applicable in each state, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. In some instances it may also be necessary to find out how the state defines medical malpractice.
The bottom line in all malpractice suits is that the professionals handing out advice have trained for years to become what they are today. They are not supposed to make mistakes that harm or hurt others. Unfortunately however, professionals are human, and humans do make mistakes no matter how well they are trained.
Professional ethics aside, if a situation has occurred that caused injuries, death, legal or financial harm to befall an individual; they need to seek the advice of a malpractice attorney with a solid reputation for handling cases like this. Find out what rights the plaintiff has and then pursue them to obtain justice.