Medical Malpractice


Americans usually hold doctors and other health care professionals in high regard. After all, it takes years of rigorous training to become licensed as a physician. Whether you are unwell or seeking guidance on maintaining your good health, you place your life and health in your doctor’s hands, and you have every right to expect that the diagnosis, treatment, and advice you receive reflect a high level of expertise.

While most doctors are conscientious and consistently give their best, others fall down on the job and become lax or complacent, to the detriment of their patients, subjecting themselves to claims for medical malpractice. An experienced Phoenix Medical Malpractice Attorney will fight for the compensation you deserve in this complicated situation.

Definition of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is defined as professional negligence by a hospital, physician, or any health care provider, causing a patient to suffer an injury or death, when the diagnosis or treatment provided has fallen below the standard of care recognized by the medical community. It can be an act of commission or omission—something done improperly, or something not done that should have been done.

Standard of care (or standard of practice) is what a reasonably competent doctor in the same practice area would do with the same or similar patient under the same or similar circumstances. Of course, there is never a guarantee that a doctor can cure a particular illness or that the prescribed treatment will have a favorable outcome. The question is whether the doctor did everything expected by the medical profession to produce the best results for the patient.

Medical malpractice is shockingly prevalent, with approximately 98,000 deaths annually from physician error. Research shows that the reported cases are barely the tip of the iceberg: 90 percent of cases of medical malpractice are never discovered or reported.

Determining Medical Malpractice

Whether you were in a car accident, suffered a slip and fall or other traumatic accident, or were suffering from an illness, if you’ve been under medical treatment that has left you in worse condition than you were at the onset, you may be the victim of medical malpractice. You’ll need to have an experienced malpractice attorney evaluate your case. The Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Curiel and Runion have the knowledge, experience, and resources to evaluate and pursue your claim.


We have access to respected medical experts who will review your records to determine where your care deviated from the expected standard, and who will be available to testify on your behalf if your case goes to trial. At Curiel and Runion, you’ll meet face to face with your attorney, not a paralegal or secretary. Your lawyer will determine if there is sufficient evidence to prove the four elements needed to win a medical malpractice claim:

  • The physician owed the patient a duty of care.
  • The physician breached that duty.
  • The patient suffered a significant, demonstrable injury.
  • The substandard conduct was the proximate cause of that injury.

Medical Malpractice Damages

An experienced Phoenix medical malpractice lawyer will demand compensation for medical expenses arising from the malpractice, lost earnings and future earning potential, and other expenses and financial losses you’ve suffered, as well as your non-economic damages, which might include pain, suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, loss of quality of life, disability, and inconvenience.

If the malpractice caused a wrongful death, damages may include medical and funeral expenses; the survivors’ mental distress and loss of companionship, protection, and love; and the value of services and financial support the deceased person would have provided.


If you suspect that you or a family member was a victim of medical malpractice, contact Curiel and Runion today. Strict legal time limits apply, so don’t delay. We take malpractice cases on contingency, so no upfront payment is required, and you pay nothing unless we win a recovery for you.

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