What is Medical Malpractice?

  1. Medical malpractice is professional negligence by a health care professional or provider. Negligence means that the professional provided treatment that was substandard, or fell below the standard of care.
    What are some examples of medical malpractice?
    –¬†Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis: this occurs when a provider misdiagnosis an illness, or fails to diagnose an illness. The patient may miss treatment opportunities because of this error.
    Childbirth Injuries: this includes negligent prenatal care and care received during childbirth.
    Medication Errors: this includes prescribing too much of a medication, or an incorrect medication.
    Surgery Errors: Surgical errors may occur during surgery (e.g., negligent surgical techniques) or post-operative care (e.g., failure to monitor a patient.)

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