Richmond, VA based medical malpractice attorney Malcolm P. McConnell answers the question "what is medical malpractice?"
Doctors are human; they’re allowed to make mistakes
Bad things sometimes happen during medical care, it doesn’t mean that there’s been medical malpractice or that the doctor did anything wrong. And it’s not medical malpractice if another doctor would have done things differently from the way your doctor did them. Doctors sometimes reasonably disagree on what the best approach to a patient problem is.
The doctor does something unreasonable
It’s medical malpractice when a doctor does something unreasonable, something no reasonable physician would have done under the circumstances. And if we can prove that a doctor behaved unreasonably, we’ve proven half of the medical malpractice case, and half of a medical malpractice case is no case at all. In order to have the rest of the case, we have to prove that the injury, the bad outcome, happened because of the unreasonable behavior of the doctor…not because of the underlying injury or the underlying illness that caused you to seek medical care in the first place.
Unreasonable behavior causing severe injury - that’s what medical malpractice is. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you should seek the advice of an experienced, qualified medical malpractice attorney
About The Speaker: Malcolm "Mic" McConnell is a personal injury lawyer who helps injured persons get the fair compensation they deserve. He is the lead Medical Malpractice attorney at the Allen Law Firm and has nearly 30 years of experience handling cases in a variety of medical specialties. Mic was named the Best Lawyers' Medical Malpractice Law - Plantiffs "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 and 2016.