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How is Medical Malpractice Defined?

Medical malpractice is defined as the failure of a health care provider to follow the standard care or to do what a qualified health care practitioner would do in the same or similar circumstances. Their negligence or failure to comply with the standard care has to cause injury to the plaintiff. Common Types of Medical Malpractice All types of medical malpractice could fall into two general categories. These categories will either be an act or an omission. An example of an act would be a surgical error. During the surgery, a surgeon cuts the wrong blood vessel or operates on the wrong side. An example of omission would be a failure to diagnose the condition or failing to treat a disease properly. What to Do If You Believe You Are a Victim You may not know that you’re a victim of malpractice. Most people go a lawyer because a health care provider who was not involved in the malpractice will make a comment, or a nurse might say you should consult an attorney. Another doctor, who was not involved in the incident, may also recommend seeking professional assistance from a lawyer. A bad result does not necessarily mean that there has been malpractice, but if you go in with an expected outcome of a simple procedure and something horrible has happened, then that merits investigation. You personally won’t know until that investigation is done, and that’s why most people go to an attorney. If you believe something bad has happened in your procedure and you want answers, it’s best to contact an attorney who specializes in malpractice and injury claims.