What are the elements of a medical malpractice claim?

While we naturally trust that our health care providers know what they are doing, based on their years of experience and education, sometimes a physician is negligent in caring for a patient. A health care professional commits medical malpractice when they negligently and wrongfully treat a patient, fail to treat a patient when necessary or provide a patient with subpar treatment. To constitute medical malpractice, the patient must suffer some sort of harm due to the health care professional’s actions or inactions. For example, a physician could commit a medical error such as a misdiagnosis, providing the wrong dosage of a medication or making an error in treating the patient.