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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jan 28, 2015

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligent, either by providing a treatment that causes or by failing to provide a treatment that would have prevented injury or death. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—right behind heart disease and cancer.

This happens when a health-care provider deviates from the recognized “standard of care.”  The “standard of care” is defined as what a reasonably prudent medical provider would or would not have done under the same or similar circumstances. In essence, it boils down to whether the provider was negligent.

What should you do if you suspect that you’ve been subjected to negligent care?

Your very first step is to find a medical malpractice lawyer in Phoenix who can review the facts of the case.  This review involves obtaining medical records as well as interviews with the patient, friends and family members.  From there, the attorney will determine whether the case is actionable in court.

A malpractice claim exists if a provider’s negligence causes injury or damages to a patient. However, experiencing a bad outcome isn’t always proof of medical negligence.  On occasion, health-care providers will inform a patient that the person has received negligent medical care from a previous health-care provider.

There are several reasons why patients choose not to pursue valid medical-malpractice claims.  Many are concerned that other doctors in their area will hear about their cases and refuse to take them as patients.  Others are afraid that it will lead to an increase in the cost of their medical care, which is not true.  Also, many people forgo pursuing valid claims due to the perceived financial and personal costs of filing a lawsuit.The damages caused by medical malpractice can be debilitating, both to the patient and family members, and the damage is often permanent.  If you have a potentially valid claim, talk to a medical malpractice lawyer in Phoenix, and don’t be afraid to find a new doctor if you don’t feel that you’re receiving proper medical care. Your health is too important to place in the hands of a provider who hasn’t earned your confidence, isn’t answering questions or isn’t giving you—or your condition—adequate time and attention.