Medical malpractice occurs if a patient is injured by a doctor or other healthcare provider whose negligence causes the patient to sustain injuries and damages. While the rules governing medical malpractice claims vary from state to state, there are some general principals and broad categories of rules that apply to Kansas and Missouri medical malpractice cases.
To prevail in a medical malpractice case you must prove the following:
Several situations can lead to a medical malpractice claim. Common examples include:
Failure to diagnose. If a competent doctor would have discovered the patient's illness or made a different diagnosis, which in turn would have led to a better outcome than the one achieved, the patient may have a viable medical malpractice claim.
Improper treatment. If a doctor treats the patient in a way that no other competent doctor would, the patient could have a medical malpractice claim.
Failure to warn of known risks. Doctors have a duty to warn patients of known risks of a procedure or course of treatment, as well as the side effects of the medicines they prescribe.
If you have a question about medical malpractice, please contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call the Hamilton Law Firm at (913) 888-7100, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete our online form. Based in Lenexa, in the Kansas City area, we practice throughout Kansas and Missouri.