Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. A recent study by Healthgrades found that an average of 195,000 hospital deaths in each of the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 in the U.S. were due to potentially preventable medical errors.
Each year, careless medical care causes hundreds of thousands of severe injuries and deaths of patients due to medical errors. When an injury or death is caused by the carelessness or negligent treatment of doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, residents, or other health care professionals, or malfunctioning medical equipment, this is called “medical malpractice.” Legal claims stemming from medical malpractice can include many types of claims.
The most frequent claims of medical malpractice arise from the following: failure to diagnose cancer; cerebral palsy, severe brain injury and other birth injuries; failure to provide appropriate treatment in the emergency room; failure to properly diagnose medical conditions; failure to provide the proper medication dosage; failure to refer the patient to appropriate specialists and consultants; errors committed during surgery; wrongful death and other catastrophic injury.
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