If I am not satisfied with the results of my surgery or treatment, does that mean that I have a medical malpractice claim? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

There are no guarantees about medical outcomes in any surgery or treatment provided to a patient.  The question of whether there is medical malpractice is ultimately determined through evaluation by similar physicians or health care providers in the field at question.  In other words, if you believe there was medical malpractice during an open heart surgery, a thoracic surgeon would give an opinion as to whether the actions of the surgeon who performed that surgery were appropriate.