Medical professionals are held to a high standard of care, but the fact remains that there are times when doctors or nurses make mistakes. The term “medical malpractice” describes any treatment, lack of treatment, or other departure from the accepted standards of medical care, health care or safety on the part of a health care provider that causes harm to a patient. Some common types of medical malpractice claims include emergency room mistakes, failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, improper treatment, birth injuries, and surgical errors. If you or a family member has suffered injury or death due to a medical mistake, it is doubtful that the medical professional’s breach will be discovered or proven without an attorney. Accurate identification of medical malpractice requires a review and analysis by an attorney, along with the assistance of appropriate medical experts. Medical malpractice claims can be very complicated and expensive to even determine whether any breach in the standard of care has actually occurred, and whether the costs of bringing a lawsuit are justified in your particular case. Remember, just as in a personal injury case, a well-funded insurance company is on the other side making it absolutely necessary for you to employ qualified representation.