Medical malpractice is negligence by a doctor or health care provider that results in the injury or death of a patient. Negligence includes misdiagnosis and the failure to abide by standard medical practices. Doctors may not be held liable for a pre-existing condition; however, the agitation of a pre-existing condition may be considered negligence.
Negligence on the part of doctors, nurses and health care professionals in hospitals can result in patient injury and even death. Injury caused by medical mistakes in hospitals can lead to future health concerns, additional hospital bills and emotional distress.
In the worst case, a hospital error leads to the death of a patient, causing grief and financial stress on the deceased’s family. A wrongful-death suit can be filed to seek damages for lost wages and pain and suffering.
Examples of hospital mistakes that could result in medical malpractice are:
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