There are many situations where you may see a doctor for a condition, illness or injury and end up unhappy with the results. In some cases, this is just how things go. For example, if your Tennessee doctor tells you the pain you have been experiencing is cancer and that upsets you, it is not the doctor’s fault the visit ends this way. In a case such as this, the doctor was only doing his or her job and did nothing wrong. However, there are times when a result that makes you unhappy is actually a case of medical malpractice.

According to the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, proving medical malpractice requires that your situation meet certain criteria. You cannot sue a doctor simply because you were not happy with the diagnosis or you otherwise were not satisfied with the services.

Criteria

To prove malpractice, you have to show that the doctor’s actions caused an injury. That injury must have caused you significant damages. Finally, you have to show that the doctor’s action was due to negligence and violated the standard of care.

A close look

The standard of care becomes important in a medical malpractice case because it acts as the main measure of whether a doctor acted properly or negligently. There are certain medical standards healthcare professionals should follow. Deviating from these standards is not something a responsible provider does because they work and are reasonable care.

Significant damages include anything that costs you a lot of money or causes severe damage to your life. This could include death but also serious injury. It may be how the malpractice affected your life, such as causing a loss of income.

Medical malpractice is not something taken lightly. That is why there are specific standards you have to meet to bring your case to court as a malpractice suit.