A visit to the doctor for help with something should not turn into a critical health predicament. Every day, people in Pennsylvania find themselves dealing with medical mistakes that have made them feel worse.

When a medical practitioner causes you harm, you may take action in the form of a personal injury claim. At Bellwoar Kelly, LLP, we wish to educate you on the one element you need to show to have a successful medical malpractice case: negligence. Discover how to tell the difference between that and a mistake in medical malpractice claims.

Foreseeable consequence

One way to differentiate medical negligence versus an accident is by delving into the incident that led to the mishap.  Was the resulting injury a possible consequence? If you find that what happened to you was not, then it may point more towards a medical error due to the provider’s negligence.

Negligence is not always an action

You may believe that negligence is an act, and as such, your situation may not apply. However, when it comes to malpractice, a failure to act may also point towards negligence. For example, if a doctor waited to diagnose you months after your symptoms appeared, and during that time, your illness worsened, a court may find the practitioner negligent. This is especially true if the standard of care warrants immediate diagnosis and treatment of your symptoms to help your health improve. When a doctor does not reach a diagnosis and start treatment when other physicians would act differently with the same evidence, the inaction was negligent.

Medical malpractice is a serious issue, and a provider’s negligence may lead to dire consequences. To do some further reading on this type of personal injury case, follow this link to our webpage.