When someone goes to the doctor or hospital, he or she wants to feel that all will be well taken care of. This, however, is not always the case. Every year, more and more people are experiencing medical malpractice at the hands of a medical professional or medical facility, behavior which can sometimes result in injury or even death. If you or a family member have experienced what you suspect is medical malpractice in the state of Tennessee, it is vital you contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney like Rhonda Crabtree at the Ashland City Law Offices of Rhonda Crabtree immediately to discuss your options.
Medical Malpractice is an occurrence in which a medical professional or medical facility did not exercise adequate care, skill or diligence in performing a duty, resulting in a patient’s injury or death. For someone who has experienced this, medical malpractice or negligence provides an opportunity to receive compensation for the injuries or loss from which you are suffering. It is important to note that the science of medicine is not a perfect science, and doctors are not required to always be right in making a diagnosis. However, misdiagnosis becomes malpractice if the doctor is negligent: neglects to get a medical history, order the right tests, or recognize obvious symptoms. In Tennessee, in order to prove medical malpractice, you must prove:
- The standard of care in the medical profession and commonly practiced in your community or in a similar area.
- The health care provider failed to comply with that professional standard in your community, committing a “breach” of the standard of care.
- The patient was injured as a result of this breach of the standard of care. The negligence of the health care provider must be a proximate cause of the injury suffered, but it doesn’t have to be the only cause of the injury.
Typically, you only have 1 year from the date of injury to file a medical malpractice claim in Tennessee.
Medical Malpractice is a complicated area of litigation that should only be attempted by the most skilled and experienced attorneys. If you think that you or a family member has suffered injury or death as a result of medical malpractice, contact Davidson County, TN medical malpractice attorney Rhonda Crabtree at the Law Offices of Rhonda Crabtree today at (615) 792-2885 to discuss your case.