What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when doctors or healthcare providers injure patients by failing to provide a professional standard of care. Proving medical malpractice can be complex, and strong cases require investigating your incident, gathering expert witness testimony, and examining hospital records.

Proving Medical Malpractice

A successful medical malpractice claim must prove that a doctor, nurse, or medical facility:

  • Had a “duty of care” at the time of your incident.
    Duty of care means that a medical provider was responsible for your care and agreed to provide treatment to you.
  • Breached the duty of care.
    Doctors and hospitals must provide a standard of care that is considered acceptable by other physicians within the same area of medicine.
  • Injured you by breaching the duty of care.
    Your injuries must be the result of a medical provider’s negligence or carelessness.
  • Caused you to suffer serious damages.
    The injuries caused by your medical provider must have caused you to suffer physical, emotional, or financial damages, such as pain and suffering, lost wages, or the need for future medical care.

Who can be held responsible for medical malpractice?

Doctors and nurses aren’t the only ones who can be held responsible for medical malpractice. Other responsible parties may include:

  • Facility staff
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Pharmacists
  • Rehabilitation centers

Our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers can review the details of your case and help determine which parties may have contributed to your injuries.

Helping You Move Forward

You may be putting your rights to compensation at risk if you file your medical malpractice claim without experienced legal representation. At Cofman Townsley, we’ll take on powerful healthcare legal teams and help you get the money you’re owed. We’ve been helping injured victims for more than 40 years, and want to help you, too. Fill out a free initial consultation form or call (888) 223-6225 to speak with us today.