Filing a successful medical malpractice claim can be more complicated than other types of personal injury cases. If you were injured by a doctor or another health care professional while in a hospital or at the doctor's office in West Des Moines and central Des Moines, Iowa, you may have cause to recover compensation for your injuries. However, medical malpractice cases must fulfill certain characteristics. In general, there are three standards that a medical malpractice claim must meet to be valid.

These characteristics are:

  • Violation of standard of care — Standard of care dictates that patients have the right to expect proper care within certain medical standards and acceptable treatment. Your health care professional must provide care that meets and is consistent with these standards.
  • Negligence — You must also prove the doctor or health care professional who cared for you could have prevented the injury you suffered. In other words, you must prove that negligence on the part of the health care professional caused your injury.
  • Significant damages — Patients must also show that their injury caused them significant harm, such as disability, loss of income, unusual pain or significantly damaging medical bills.

Why Do You Need An Attorney To Help?

Medical malpractice laws are highly regulated and complicated. You will need an attorney to help guide you through the process. There are various special requirements for these cases. Medical malpractice cases have a statute of limitations and require review panels and special notices. Some cases also require expert testimony during the proceedings.

You need a good lawyer who has experience with these types of cases to successfully get the compensation you deserve. Slater & Norris, P.L.C., has over 55 years of experience in personal injury lawsuits and caters specifically to Iowans. We will take care of you and provide personal service as you navigate your case with our firm.

Do Not Hesitate

If your injury meets the standards for a medical malpractice case, you have a chance of successfully filing a claim to recover damages. Contact an Iowa attorney to start the path to recovery. Call Slater & Norris, P.L.C., at 866-412-5937 or use our website to schedule a consultation and get more information today.