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Why is proving causation important?

On Behalf of | May 18, 2016 | Medical Malpractice |

As a Georgia resident, if you have suffered because of medical malpractice, you have the right to take the practitioner to court. However, before you even get started, you need to be aware of the one thing your case could hinge on.

Harvard Law states that proving causation is the most important part of a medical malpractice case. Without this, chances are high that you will not be able to win your case. So just what about proving causation is so important?

First of all, one must understand what causation is. In the case of medical malpractice, it is the act that a medical practitioner took which caused you bodily, emotional or mental harm. As an example, a doctor who did not disinfect equipment properly would be the causation of any potential infections or illnesses that you may have contracted from said equipment.

Proving the relationship between your ailment and the practitioner is of utmost importance because without that proof, there is no way of showing that your medical issue is related to the practitioner that you believe is to blame. You will therefore need evidence of causation. Physical evidence is considered to be the most persuasive, but cases have sometimes been won even without this. It is inadvisable however, as your chances of winning lessen the less persuasive your evidence gets. The evidence must also prove that the practitioner is at fault.

These may seem like tough hurdles to jump through at first. However, it is truly the key point in any medical malpractice case, and therefore deserves your attention as you organize your case.


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