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Mass Tort Projects of Interest
Nicholas E. Phillips
Date: July 13, 2010
Subject: Medical Malpractice
Practicing since 1973
Subject: Medical Malpractice
In our society, medical negligence is something that is rarely admitted by medical providers. It has been reported that annually, over 90,000 persons die as a result of medical errors. To litigate a medical malpractice case is a very difficult matter. Although we may initially believe that there is some likelihood or suspicion of there being medical negligence, we must, through the gathering of evidence, prove, with a preponderance of evidence, that one or more of the medical providers in your case provided services that fell below the "minimum standard of care" that is required by all health care providers. Below are some matters that you should remember when considering pursuing a medical malpractice case.
Standard of Care and Proximate Cause. In addition to establishing that there was negligence in the failure to meet the minimum standard of care, we must also prove that the breach of duty, that negligence, caused the injury or bad result. The conclusion that there was a failure to meet the minimum standard of care and that such failure was the proximate cause of an injury requires expert opinions.
Medical experts. In selecting experts to criticize your health care providers and prove that they were negligent, we are required to obtain the nation's best experts in the filed of medicine who will convince a local jury, that the negligent doctor or other
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