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What Is Medical Malpractice?

Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Mar 17, 2011 in Personal Injury

According to, Medical Malpractice is defined as:

"[T]he failure of a medical professional to follow the accepted standards of practice of his or her profession, resulting in harm to the patient."

This means that a case constitutes medical malpractice when a medical professional (generally a doctor) fails to follow the correct procedures consistent with the high level of training and expertise required by their profession, and that failure results in harm to the patient.

This will usually take the form of prescribing a treatment or medication which the patient should not take or undergo. It can also be the case that a physician will fail to notice the symptoms of a serious illness when they should, or even (in worse cases) the poor execution of a surgery.

Doctors and other health care professionals are usually highly competent and professional individuals, but they can make mistakes as well; after all, they are human. This doesn't mean that they are required to make you better, no matter what (sometimes that simply isn't possible), but it does mean that you should be mindful of the fact that you as the patient should be able to expect a certain level of care, and that health care professionals are certified by the state in which they work, and are required to perform their duties to a very high degree.

If you feel that you or someone you know has been harmed by the failure of a health care provider to correctly do their job, it's a good idea to contact a Personal Injury Lawyer.

Often, you may not even be sure you have a case until you've had a consultation with a legal expert, who has dealt with many similar cases in the past.