What is medical malpractice?

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is considered negligence and defined as a healthcare provider’s (doctor, nurse, etc.) violation of the standard of care, i.e., the failure to act as a reasonable, careful and prudent healthcare provider would do under similar circumstances.  If a healthcare provider’s failure to perform a necessary function, or negligence, or breach of the standard of care causes injury or harm to a patient the patient is entitled to recover compensation for the losses and damages suffered.

What are some examples of medical malpractice?

Examples of medical malpractice can include failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, prescription errors, surgical errors, birth injuries, nursing home abuse, and more.

How common is medical malpractice?

Preventable medical errors are a national epidemic. According to Harvard studies, between 100,000 and 250,000 people die from medical malpractice each year in the United States. Despite the high rate of medical malpractice, experts state that only 2% of injured patients seek compensation through a lawsuit.