There is a common misconception that patients sue doctors and hospitals simply because they have a bad medical outcome. This is not the case. A patient can suffer a negative medical outcome (including death) in spite of great medical care. As such, it should be noted that there is a difference between a negative outcome due to circumstance and a negative outcome caused by medical malpractice.
Most medical malpractice lawsuits involve allegations of hospital or physician negligence. This is to say that that the doctor or health care facility did not meet an accepted standard of care. Today, we'll discuss what is typically needed to prove a negligence claim.