What does Medical Malpractice mean?
Medical malpractice is a type of personal injury claim which covers negligent actions committed by medical professionals. In a medical malpractice case a patient may have the legal right to sue a doctor, nurse, hospital or any other medical professional if they can prove the medical professional violated their duty of care, their negligence caused the injury, and the patient suffered injury or loss.
Doctors and other medical practitioners have a duty towards their patients to act in a fashion similar to other doctors performing the same services. If a doctor breaches their duty and the claimant can prove they did not treat them in a fashion which is similar to what another doctor would have done in a similar situation and an injury occurs, they may have a medical malpractice claim.
Some of the most common medical malpractice cases involve a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, anesthesia errors, surgical errors such as amputating the wrong limb or leaving gauze in the body, and medication errors for overprescribing or prescribing the wrong medication.