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Tennessee Medical Malpractice

If you've been injured or a family member has died in a medical setting--either because of a healthcare professional's actions or inaction--you may have cause to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Tennessee courts. A med mal attorney can review your situation and explain your legal options.

Recognizing Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can be a confusing and misunderstood area of the law. That's because people assume medical malpractice has a broader definition than it actually has.

According to the American Bar Association, "Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider-a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital or hospital worker-whose performance of duties departs from a standard of practice of those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient or patients."

In other words, you may not have a medical malpractice claim if a doctor simply fails to diagnose your condition quickly enough or if treatment is unsuccessful.

Rather, your healthcare professional's actions must deviate from the standards of practice (also known as the standards of care or standards of good medical practice). In other words, what is the generally accepted method of treating patients in your area with similar medical problems? For example, the standard of care for a 90-year-old lymphoma patient in Tennessee would not necessarily be the same as the standard of care for a 45-year-old lymphoma patient in Minnesota.

Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Your med mal attorney must prove two things for your medical malpractice case to be successful:

  • The doctor or medical professional treating made a mistake and failed to follow the medical standard of care
  • You were harmed as a result of that mistake

You probably do not have a valid claim if your doctor treated you according to the medical standard of care in Tennessee. And you probably would not have a valid claim if you were not harmed by the doctor's treatment even if it did violate the standard of care.

How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Every state has a statute of limitations, or time period in which you can file a civil lawsuit against another party, such as a doctor, nurse, or hospital. In Tennessee, the medical malpractice statute of limitations is one year from the date of your injury.

Find & Hire Local Tennessee Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Because the timeframe is short and lawsuits can take time to prepare, you should hire a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. Need help finding a lawyer in your area? You've come to the right website. Complete the form on this page or call Attorneys.com at 877-913-7222. Our free service can quickly connect you with med mal attorneys in your area.

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