What is Medical Malpractice?
Some forms of medical malpractice are unmistakable, like performing surgery on the wrong body part, the wrong patient, or administering the wrong medication.
Most types of malpractice may not be obvious. For example, if an individual was not warned about the serious risk of a particular treatment or if treatment unexpectedly causes a horrible injury, malpractice may have occurred.
In general, an individual may have a medical malpractice claim when a doctor or other medical professional failed to provide proper treatment and the incorrect treatment caused the patient to suffer a new injury. The law requires evidence of new injury, because it would be unreasonable to hold the healthcare professional responsible for the original medical problem.
Some examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose a medical condition
- Misdiagnosis of a medical condition
- Failure to treat a patient’s medical condition properly
- Failure to administer anesthesia safely
- Failure to manage a pregnancy or deliver a baby in a safe manner. See our Birth Injuries section for more information on these types of malpractices.
- Failure of a nurse or other staff member to keep a treating physician informed of a patient’s condition
- Failure to administer medications properly
- Failure to protect a patient from a fall or other injury on hospital property
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