Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional or personnel agrees to treat a patient and provides substandard medical care that causes undue harm to the patient. Because it is the responsibility of the plaintiff – the party pursuing medical malpractice litigation – to prove that medical malpractice occurred, it is very important to solicit the help of an attorney who not only knows the law but has the skills to compile all the relevant information and to make a successful case on behalf of the victim.
A Few Important Things to Know About Medical Malpractice
The Louisiana Medical Review Panel handles the complaint and review process. They do everything from notifying the defendant – the medical professional – of the complaint to suspending prescription privileges to providing their expert opinion on the complaint. For more information, access the Louisiana Medical Review Panel here.
Medical malpractice encompasses a broad range of actions, from basic negligence to administration of incorrect medicine to the failure of a doctor to diagnose cancer in some cases.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the median awards are typically relatively high compared to decisions in other areas of law.
However, it is important to realize that the success rate is relatively low for plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases. Therefore, it is very important for the plaintiff to choose a lawyer carefully and to select one with a reputation for excellence and a history of successful litigation.