Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What is Medical Malpractice?

We all have heard this term, but how exactly is it defined?  Many bad outcomes from surgery are just bad luck.  For a physician or hospital to be liable for medical malpractice, the medical care must fall below the reasonable "standard of care."  This is called "medical negligence."  (Hospitals are liable for everyone they hire, or certify, to work within their walls.)  The standard of care must be established by a medical expert knowledgeable in that particular field.  Also, your medical care must proceed with your "informed consent."  For example, performing a surgery without your informed consent is also medical malpractice.  Finally, it is malpractice for a physician to make a very specific promise, and then break that promise.

There are many twists and turns in most potential medical malpractice cases.  The journey may be a long one, but the rewards may be substantial.  You need an experienced attorney on your side.  Attorney Craig Mason is just such a medical malpractice attorney in Eastern Washington.  Contact Craig Mason today at (509) 443-3681 and find out how he can help you.

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