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What is needed to bring a medical malpractice case?

When someone is the victim of a botched medical procedure or inadequate care, they may wonder what legal options they have. If certain requirements are met, individuals with these experiences may be able to bring a medical malpractice claim. Here are some of the things that are typically needed in order to file such a suit in Arizona, or elsewhere in the United States.

The first thing that a person must prove in a malpractice claim is a past and/or present relationship with the medical personnel in question. Further, the individual must prove that he or she had a negative medical impact resulting from the manner in which this doctor or health care worker conducted him- or herself. Naming the correct person when filing a suit is important, as is having evidence of this pre-existing patient-practitioner relationship.

Proof of negligence or error is also needed for a medical malpractice suit. A dislike of a doctor, even one genuinely founded, is not adequate for legal action. One must show proof that the medical professional's misconduct resulted in harm, injury or death, in order to take legal action. Patients can be displeased with a doctor's care, but proof of negative outcome is key in successful claims.

Individuals who feel they may have a legitimate malpractice case may do some independent research to decide whether it makes sense to reach out to legal counsel. However, the best way to know if a case is worth pursuing is to speak directly with an Arizona medical malpractice lawyer. A legal professional can help clarify the requirements and support individuals who are looking to file a case.

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