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Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor or medical professional who fails to competently perform their medical duties.

Definition: Medical malpractice is any act or omission by a physician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community and causes an injury to the patient.

Medical malpractice is a specific subset of tort law that deals with professional negligence. “Negligence” is generally defined as conduct that falls to meet a standard.  The most common form of a standard in tort law is that of a so-called “reasonable person.”

We are fortunate to have a great hospitals in the Cleveland Area including:

scales-of-justice-20The Cleveland Clinic
scales-of-justice-20St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
scales-of-justice-20University Hospitals
scales-of-justice-20Grace Hospital
scales-of-justice-20And many others

The rules about medical malpractice -- from when you must bring your lawsuit to whether you must notify the doctor ahead of time.

These general requirements:
  • A doctor-patient relationship existed.
  • The doctor was negligent.
  • The doctor's negligence caused the injury.
  • The injury led to specific damages.
  • physical painmental anguish
  • additional medical bills, and
  • lost work and lost earning capacity.
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