Medical Malpractice | Showard Law Firm

 

According to the CDC, up to 98,000 people die each year due to medical errors.

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Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor injures his or her patient by providing care that falls below the standard of care in the community. In other words, the doctor fails to provide the care that is expected from a reasonably competent doctor or other healthcare provider in diagnosing or treating the same condition.

The term “medical malpractice” may apply to a variety of professionals in the medical field such as doctors, nurses, physician assistants, chiropractors, psychologists, dentists, pharmacists, therapists among others.

In order to establish a claim for medical malpractice four elements must be present:

  1. A duty- a duty exists whenever a hospital or health care provider undertakes care or treatment of a patient.
  2. A breach of the duty- the care provider failed to meet the standard of care by providing care that is less than that which is expected from a reasonable, competent care provider.
  3. An injury was caused by the breach of duty- the outcome must be shown to be different than that which would have been the outcome if the care met the standard.
  4. Damages- there must be actual damages which may be pecuniary or emotional. Even where there is malpractice, if there are no damages there is no claim.

Your Personal Injury Lawyer in Tucson

There are many instances where the mistake is caught before any damage occurs. These are cases that may be better referred to the Arizona Board of Medical Examiners for investigation. In cases where people suffer damage or injury, your personal injury lawyers in Tucson can help by protecting your rights as a patient.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a medical malpractice contact Showard Law Firm at (520) 622-3344  or toll free at (866) 307-2147, for a free consultation.
 

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Showard Law Firm is dedicated to compassionate representation for our clients who have been injured by defective products, dangerous drugs or the negligence of any individual or company. We are experienced in litigation and ready to ensure you receive the maximum possible settlement for your injuries, medical bills, mental anguish and other losses.

Showard Law Firm celebrates 10 years

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Showard Law Firm. After 18 years of practice, and a prior ten-year partnership, Sarah Showard and her longtime assistant, Maria De La Rosa, opened the doors of Showard Law Firm in October 2006. Sarah and everyone at Showard Law Firm is proud to serve Southern Arizona as the local law firm for defective drug and medical device claims and personal injury. The entire team will be celebrating with an anniversary trip to San Francisco in October.