In order to win your medical malpractice claim in Maryland, it’s essential that you prove causation. Causation is a legal term referring to the required proof that the defendant’s actions caused your injury or illness. Proving causation in a medical malpractice case is not always simple, which is why the attorneys at Cardaro & Peek employ the assistance of local medical experts. Learn more about proving causation in a medical malpractice case, including the four necessary factors.
A Doctor-Patient Relationship (Duty)
Before you can recover from an injury caused by a medical professional, you must first show that a doctor-patient relationship existed. The doctor-patient relationship is usually shown through medical records. The doctor-patient relationship creates a duty on behalf of the medical professional.
A Breach of Duty
Every medical professional has a duty to adhere to the standard of care. Once you establish that the duty was owed to you (by establishing the doctor-patient relationship), you must show that the physician in question breached that duty. A medical professional’s failure to meet the standard of care is often proved through expert witnesses and other testimony.
Negligence Led to Harm (Proximate Cause)
It is not enough to show that the medical professional breached their duty of care. You must also show that the breach of duty directly caused the harm that you experienced. You cannot establish a good malpractice claim without demonstrating that the negligent actions led to the harm in question.
Lastly, a plaintiff must show that he or she sustained damages as a result of the doctor’s negligent care. Damages can include physical injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek can review your case and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Money cannot undo the mistakes of a negligent doctor, but it can ease the burden of costly medical bills and lost wages.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? You need to talk to an experienced team of local lawyers today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.