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Johns Hopkins patient safety experts analyzed medical death rates over a period of eight years. And they calculated that more than a quarter million deaths in the US every year are due to medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional diverges from the recognized standard of care for patient treatment. Standard of care is defined as what a competent healthcare provider would or would not have done under circumstances that were the same or similar.
For example, ataxic cerebral palsy is sometimes the result of a doctor’s preventable mistake. When this happens, the part of the brain responsible for motor learning and balance becomes damaged. When a parent suspects that their child’s condition is the result of medical malpractice, they may be able to seek compensation. The court may award them damages for medical and other costs associated with treatment. In addition, they could receive damages for emotional suffering.
Typically, the measure of whether or not the health care provider failed to provide proper care hinges on whether the patient would have received the same standard of care from a different medical professional under similar circumstances.
Do you believe that you or one of your employees is the victim of medical malpractice? Then here’s what you need to know.
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Common Types of Medical Malpractice
There are many different types of medical malpractice cases. However, some of the most common include improper treatment. This means that the physician treated