Malpractice Law Overview and Information
Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical professional to follow the accepted standards of practice of his or her profession, resulting in harm to the patient. Usually, proof of failure to comply with accepted standards of medical practice requires the testimony of a professional with expertise in the area of medical practice. Some states have special evidentiary rules applicable to malpractice claims.
Malpractice attorneys represent persons who are injured or have a loved one that has been injured or killed due to the negligence of a doctor, a hospital, a nurse, or any other type of healthcare worker, institution or provider. Attorneys who practice in this area are skilled at researching the law, interviewing witnesses, collecting records, conferring with expert consultants, planning legal strategy, and negotiating with insurers and opposing counsel. Malpractice attorneys typically handle related issues such as informed consent, products liability, and insurance matters, among others.