How Successful Are Medical Negligence Claims?

Robyn Sztyndor

August 29, 2022

Medical Negligence

Several factors will determine whether you are eligible to claim medical negligence. These factors include direct cause, the preponderance of the evidence, damages, and time to file the claim. Getting this information right will help you make a successful claim. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.

The preponderance of the evidence

The burden of proof is a critical element of medical negligence claims. This standard requires a plaintiff to prove each element of a cause of action by a preponderance of the evidence. Most of the evidence means that the plaintiff can prove that the defendant was at least “more likely than not” to have caused the injury or damage.

One way to study the impact of evidence standards on medical malpractice litigation is to check whether it affects the outcomes of medical malpractice trials. Based on a statistical model, if the standard of proof is perfect, then only one in four tests will find a physician guilty of malpractice. Since the incidence of malpractice is very low, this means that if 1,000 trials were held, ten physicians would be found guilty by a preponderance of the evidence standard. But if the evidence standard is lowered to a 50/50 chance, then there is a 50% chance that a physician defendant will be found guilty.

However, the PPVs in Table 2 are minor. This is particularly true in the more likely than not column. This situation is not ideal, and the low specificity of the evidence standard leads to many unjustified convictions. In such cases, raising the bar of evidence to be clear and convincing can improve the situation. But it cannot eliminate this problem. Physicians are regarded as a wealthy class, and many believe their economic condition is not such a big issue.

Direct cause

In medical negligence claims, it is essential to demonstrate direct causation. This means that the doctor or hospital’s actions directly caused the patient’s injuries or damage. This evidence can include medical reports and witness testimony. It can also have expert testimony explaining medical procedures. Again, a skilled attorney can help you gather evidence to support your claim.

Proving a direct cause can be challenging. The defendant may point to your condition or poor health choices as the cause of the injury. However, a successful case will prove that the medical provider was negligent and caused the damages. This case was won by a patient who sued a hospital for misdiagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

Medical negligence lawsuits have been a common source of compensation for victims of medical errors. In some instances, patients can recover punitive damages. However, the claim must demonstrate that the negligent party acted intentionally or recklessly.


Medical negligence claims are based on a medical professional’s breach of a duty of care. This breach of duty of care causes a person to suffer harm, such as an injury or illness. To be successful, the patient must show that the doctor’s actions caused the damage. It must also have hurt the patient, such as the patient suffering from psychological effects.

Medical negligence claims can result in economic and non-economic damages. Monetary damages, such as increased medical expenses, can be quantified, but non-economic damages are less tangible and may include disfigurement, disability, or pain and suffering. Typically, the hospital or physician responsible for causing the injury or illness will have to compensate the injured party for increased expenses. However, they do not have to pay for the patient’s underlying medical condition. An example of compensable damages would be a surgically-induced allergic reaction.

The success of medical malpractice claims depends on how well the patient can prove that a physician breached a duty of care. In addition, the patient must also prove that the breach of duty of care led to a significant injury. These damages will determine the amount of redress due to the plaintiff.

Time to file a claim

If you have suffered injuries as a result of the medical malpractice of another, you may want to file a claim for damages. The law allows you to do this within two years of the incident. However, some states limit the time you have to file a claim. You may have to wait longer if the mistake was due to negligence or if you suffered from a long-term condition.

To file a medical negligence claim, you must first gather evidence. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to be successful in your lawsuit. This means you must be meticulous in managing your case timeline. After that, you may be able to work with your attorney to gather evidence that will support your claim.

In many cases, medical negligence results in the death of a patient. If this occurs, the family can file a wrongful death claim against the healthcare provider. This claim requires proof that the healthcare provider failed to follow accepted medical standards and that the patient’s condition worsened. If you are successful, you may be able to get monetary damages.