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What Are the Four D's of Medical Malpractice?

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Unfortunately, there are cases where health care providers fail to meet the acceptable standards of practice and medical injury results. If you think that your health care provider, doctor, or nurse failed to provide you with adequate care, which resulted in severe injuries, you may be able to file a medical malpractice suit. The four components of medical malpractice help patients determine if they have a claim.


When filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you must prove that the defendant had an obligation to diagnose an illness, perform a procedure, or care for your well-being. An attorney can demonstrate that by demonstrating that you were a longtime patient, or that they were involved in your medical procedure.


Your attorney must also demonstrate that there was a breach of duty in your medical procedure. They must prove that the medical professional failed to diagnose symptoms or treat an ailment correctly.

Direct Causation

Direct causation is the physical or emotional harm caused as a result of the medical professional’s breach of duty. It is essential for your attorney to demonstrate with hard evidence that their negligence was a direct cause of the harm you sustained.


The last element to the Four D’s of medical malpractice is causation. Causation is proof that the breach of duty by the defendant and the harm the patient suffered are directly linked. Your attorney must demonstrate that the defendant’s negligent behavior caused the plaintiff’s stated harm.

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If you or your loved one were hurt because of a medical professional’s negligent behavior, you might have a medical malpractice case. Our Houston medical malpractice lawyers at Daspit Law Firm have years of experience helping those injured obtain the compensation they deserve. Our team of attorneys has the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to obtain the best possible results for your case.

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