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Medical Malpractice

What is Medical Malpractice?

 

Medical Malpractice
Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice laws are in place so that a patient who is injured by the negligence or mistake by a doctor can receive monetary compensation. The term, medical malpractice, refers to negligence by health care professionals where the treatment that was administered was substandard or caused some form of harm including injury or death to a patient. Most of the time, these types of cases involve some type of error in diagnosis, medication dosage or health management. Sometimes the error occurs because there was a failure to act or an action was done in negligence. When a patient receives substandard treatment, medical malpractice laws provide a way for them to recover some compensation.

What is Dental Malpractice?

Dental Malpractice
Dental Malpractice

Even professionals retain their humanity which means that they are not beyond making an error; this includes dental professionals. But every mistake that is made by a dentist while treating a patient may not constitute dental malpractice. However, when a patient is injured through negligent conduct or substandard care by a dentist, oral surgeon or dental assistant, it is wise to consult with an attorney who handles cases of dental malpractice to see if they are entitled to compensation. In the typical case, there are certain rules that determine whether or not dental malpractice or negligence has occurred.

What Typically Constitutes Dental Malpractice?

A dental professional is required to provide patients with a level of care that is acceptable. This does not mean that they are required to be perfect; however, they are required to provide practical and prudent dentistry to their clientele. When a dentist fails to provide this high level of care and the patient ends up suffering an injury, the dentist might be required to compensate for the damages his negligence caused.

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What is Contingency?

There are different types of fees which are charged by legal professionals. Lawyers may charge a retainer fee or work on a contingency basis. Many lawyers charge flat fees for the various services they provide. Sometimes clients, such as large corporations, pay a retainer fee. This means that the lawyer is always available to answer questions or handle any legal matters should they arise.

When to Hire a Lawyer

Lawyer in Court
Lawyer in Court

There are some times when it is appropriate to handle legal matters on your own. But there are also some times when it can be detrimental to try and handle matters yourself. It can be difficult to determine which instances are better handled by a legal expert and in which circumstances it is adequate to them yourself. Even though we know that legal representation can be expensive, it can be much more costly to have inadequate representation or expert legal knowledge on our side in some cases. There are sometimes when it is simply best to consult with an attorney who can provide legal assistance.

Types of Lawyers

Attorneys
Lawyers

At one time or another during your lifetime it is likely that you will need a lawyer for a legal matter. When you need an attorney it is important to know what type will be needed. Lawyers are not generic, they have specific areas of the law in which they are an expert and have experience. They choose one area of the law to concentrate on and then continue their studies in that practice area in order to provide the best representation for their clients. The type of lawyer that is needed will depend solely on the types of legal matter is being handled. Here are just a few of the most commonly needed types of lawyer.