Medical Malpractice: Overview
What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or medical professional is negligent or omits treatment that results in harm to a patient. Types of negligence by a health care professional include an error in treatment, diagnosis or management of the illness. If a patient is injured due to negligence, a medical malpractice lawsuit could arise. The actions of the health care professional must deviate from generally accepted standards of practice, improper care, medication errors, and nursing or sanitation issues.

The medical malpractice laws are set up to protect the patients' rights and to compensate the patient if an injury occurs as a result of negligence. Most medical malpractice suits are very complex and expensive to win. You have the right to be compensated for any injury caused by a health care professional, no matter how serious it is, but the real issue is that it is unrealistic to sue for a minor injury.

Like in medicine, there are attorneys who concentrate their practice in certain areas of civil litigation. And like in medicine, some areas are more complex and demanding than others. Medical malpractice litigation is one of the most difficult areas in the law. Litigating medical malpractice cases requires an attorney specialized in medical malpractice. You'll find that experience in our St. Louis law office. St. Louis Medical malpractice litigation is complex and expensive. By accepting your case, we are agreeing to invest our own money into investigating your claims. Initial investigations can costs thousands of dollars. If a case is taken to trial, the costs are in the tens of thousands of dollars for a medical malpractice attorney- just to get your case before a jury. Before a case can even be filed by a medical malpractice lawyer in Missouri or Illinois, your case must be reviewed by a physician specializing in the area of medicine involved in your claim. That physician must certify that medical negligence has occurred. Only then can the case be filed