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Doctors make mistakes, this is a fact. Doctors can and are, at times, also negligent in their care, and sometimes just plain wrong. When they provide healthcare that’s negligent and incorrect, they expose themselves to medical malpractice lawsuits.
The number of medical malpractice cases each year has been trending upward for some time. Currently, there are about 85,000 medical malpractice cases filed a year, with some estimating that around one million injuries stemming from medical malpractice occur each year. You may be wondering what medical malpractice is, or what constitutes medical malpractice, so here are the basics:
Medical Malpractice Defined
To define the term, you should understand that any healthcare provider or professional, from hospitals to doctors, are expected to provide a certain standard and quality of care. Also, you should understand that healthcare providers and professionals are not liable for all injuries and/or harms that patients experience.
Medical malpractice is when patients experience injuries and/or harms due to the care of a doctor or hospital that has deviated from that standard and quality of care. This deviation, according to the law in order to be labeled as malpractice, needs to occur due to negligence or omission.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice
There are a number of characteristics of a medical malpractice lawsuit that must exist in order for a claim to constitute medical malpractice under the law. These include:
Kristensen LLP has a proven record in representing victims of medical malpractice. In 2016, our firm obtained a $4.3 million settlement in a malpractice case. We have the knowledge and experience to get you the compensation you deserve if your doctor or healthcare provider has let you down. Call today for a free and confidential consultation.