Let’s talk about medical negligence (or medical malpractice) and compensation.
Medical malpractice is negligence caused by the acts or the omissions of a healthcare provider (like doctors, nurses, and hospital staff). When their conduct falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community, it may cause permanent, irreparable harm to you or your family.
If you or a family member have suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death due to the negligence of a medical professional, our law firm can help your case. Attorney Gabriele Chiarini continues to dedicate his practice to helping clients achieve proper and fair compensation for their injuries; he will be by your side from the beginning to the end of your case all while you recover from your injuries.
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What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical negligence, sometimes called medical malpractice, happens when a medical professional doesn’t practice in a way that meets acceptable standards in Italy. To succeed in an action for damages in medical matters, negligence must be established, and the patient must be harmed or injured through that negligence.
Like any professional, doctors must perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. Unlike other professionals, when doctors make mistakes or do not perform to standards, the outcomes can ruin their patient’s lives. But simply having a bad result from treatment does not necessarily mean there is a case for medical negligence.
Medical malpractice usually falls within one of the following classes:
In Italy, there are three elements that we must prove to be successful in your case:
First, we must prove that the healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, etc.) was negligent, or “fell below the standard of care.” The standard of care is what our community thinks is appropriate care under the circumstances.
Once we are able to say that the healthcare provider was negligent, we then are required to prove that the negligence was “a cause” of the injuries. This is called “causation.” If we are unable to link up the negligent conduct with the injuries, we cannot pursue the case.
The third, and final, element that we are required to prove is damages. Damages are the injuries that you or your loved one suffered due to the medical malpractice. For example, if the patient passed away, the damages are the pain and suffering that the surviving family members suffered as a result of the wrongful death. Every case is different, and everyone responds to adversity differently.
If you think you or a loved one might have suffered an injury as a result of negligence at the hands of a healthcare provider, it is important to reach out to a medical malpractice lawyer to learn about your options. You may not know for sure whether you have a medical malpractice suit, but the first step is visiting with an experienced medical negligence attorney, sharing your story, and learning more, in order to understand how you can get the compensation you deserve.