What is Medical Malpractice?

What is Medical Malpractice?

Determining whether you have been the victim of medical malpractice is very complex and involves numerous different factors. Generally medical malpractice or negligence refers to situations where a health professional performs fails to perform his or her job in a way that conforms with generally accepted medical standard and a patient suffers harm.

Further, whether medical malpractice has occurred also depends on the type of care provided. Doctors must conform to the standards of care that apply to their profession and their specialties. This often must be shown by an expert who is willing to describe how the doctor deviated from accepted standards and that the wrongful actions caused an injury.

Although medical negligence can occur in almost any health care setting, the type of incidents that typically result in injury and potential medical malpractice claims often fall into one of the following categories:

- Surgical Errors. A recent survey found that x % of all medical malpractice claims were related to surgical errors. This may include wrong site surgeries or leaving behind a surgical items such as sponges or clamps.

- Misdiagnosis/Failure to Diagnose. The first step in obtaining proper treatment is obtaining a timely and prompt diagnosis.

Other areas where mistakes occur frequently include when physicians fail to follow-up with treatment; where patients are given too much/too little or the wrong type of anesthesia and medication and prescription errors.

For more information or if you believe that you may have suffered harm as the result of medical negligence, please contact the dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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