It is important for medical care professionals to be familiar with what is considered medical malpractice and how to defend themselves against claims of malpractice which can be serious. Medical malpractice is a type of professional malpractice that can be alleged against healthcare providers.
What is considered medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice can range from medication errors to surgical errors or a failure to diagnose. When patients are harmed by alleged medical malpractice, they may bring a claim for damages against the allegedly negligent medical care provider. This can include doctors, surgeons, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
In general, the standard for medical malpractice is governed by the standard of care. The standard of care is typically determined according to the relevant medical care community by what a medical care provider similarly situated would have reasonably been expected to do in similar circumstances. If the medical care provider in question provides care below that standard, they may be considered liable for the damages the patient claims they suffered as a result. Patients who bring a successful claim for medical malpractice may be able to receive compensation for physical, financial and emotional damages and in addition to that liability, medical care professionals can face other potential consequences as well.
The Medical Malpractice Center reports that every year in the United States there are between 15,000 to 19,000 medical malpractice claims and lawsuits against doctors. For that reason, medical care professionals need to be familiar with what is considered medical malpractice and how to protect themselves if they are accused of it.