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a doctor looks at a screen in the surgery roomMedical malpractice is a serious claim, and one that should be made by an expert lawyer. Unfortunately, many people misunderstand what medical malpractice entails so they are unsure if they have a case. Allow us to explain medical malpractice, medical negligence, intent, and how an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help.

Medical Malpractice Details

There is a fine line between medical malpractice and medical negligence, and that fine line is referred to as “intent.” Discover the details:

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider breaches his duty of care to the patient and an injury is sustained because of it. Not all healthcare-related injuries rise to the serious level of medical malpractice. It’s possible your injury will be considered medical negligence which should still be compensated.

Duty of care encompasses the actions that should have been taken based on what other healthcare providers would have done in the same situation. (Duty of care can be difficult to prove if your attorney is not extremely knowledgeable and experienced with medical malpractice cases!)

Intent has everything to do with the doctor’s knowledge of his actions. If the doctor knew he should have helped the patient and knew that his lack of effort would harm the patient, intent is present. The presence of intent is the major difference in a medical malpractice and medical negligence case.

Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider unintentionally makes a mistake such as leaving surgical equipment inside your body. Medical negligence can still cause injuries, and it’s vital to take your case to an experienced lawyer.

Mickey Kicklighter Can Help with Your Case

If you’ve been injured due to a healthcare provider’s negligence, it’s important to hold the accountable party responsible. This ensures his negligent actions won’t affect other people in the future and you can get compensated for your experience. Talk to Mickey Kicklighter, your medical malpractice attorney, today: 912-754-6003.