A medical malpractice lawyer will be required by anyone that believes that they doctor did not treat them with the same care and expertise and one of their peers would have. The ultimate decision in any case tried by a medical malpractice lawyer is bound to be highly subjective, as the treatment that would be received by another doctor is extremely difficult to determine. Technically, a doctor is only liable for someone once they have formed a ‘doctor-patient’ relationship which most often occurs then the doctor agrees to care for them. This agreement is something that must be proven by the medical malpractice lawyer in court.
Statistics abound on the internet of the thousands of cases each year in which a doctor’s negligence caused harm to a patient. Many patients who do not recover as quickly as they hoped or expected often want to blame it on their doctor. Unfortunately, in a high percentage of these cases it was not actually the fault of the doctor. One of the first steps a medical malpractice lawyer will do is to determine if they believe the doctor is at fault or if the patient is simply frustrated. Due to the high number of medical malpractices each year and some of the huge settlements that have been highly publicized, many people feel the need to get a medical malpractice lawyer to pursue their case.