What Are The Elements Of A Medical Malpractice Claim?

By December 24, 2013Uncategorized

When you’re under the care of a medical professional, you expect that he or she will work in the best interest of your health and that his or her actions will meet the standards of the profession. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers fail to act responsibly, and their patients pay with potentially catastrophic injuries. If you’ve sustained an injury because of a nurse, doctor, or hospital’s negligent behavior, Seattle medical malpractice attorneys Tom and Stephen Hornbuckle will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.

Although all medical malpractice cases are unique, successful claims must establish four common elements:

  1. Duty: The health care provider has a duty to act responsibly and appropriately in the best interest of the patient’s health.
  2. Breach: The health care provider has breached his or her duty to act responsibly and appropriately.
  3. Damage: The patient sustains physical or emotional injury while in the health care provider’s care, and this injury resulted in monetary damages.
  4. Causation: The health care provider’s breach of duty directly or indirectly caused the patient’s damage.

All four of these criteria must be met for a plaintiff to win the case and recover damages. That’s why you need the representation of an experienced malpractice attorney.

The Hornbuckle Firm has helped patients recover damages from negligent health care providers for more than 40 years. If you’ve been injured because of a doctor, nurse, or hospital’s negligence, we will fight aggressively to ensure your rights are protected.

Please contact the Hornbuckle Firm today to schedule a free medical malpractice consultation. We serve clients in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, and we accept cases from all states across the country.

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