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Medical malpractice, according to a September, 2014, article for Medical News Today online, is “professional negligence by a health care professional or provider in which treatment was substandard, and caused harm, injury or death to a patient.” Most of this negligence is “medical error” having to do with a diagnosis, prescription, dosage of a drug, overall health management, and/or hospital aftercare. These errors occur because of actions, or the lack of appropriate actions.
Clinics, hospitals, doctors, nurses and therapists, however, are not responsible for all medical harms that occur. They are only “legally liable” if your injuries are the direct result of their “deviating from the quality of care that competent (professionals) would normally provide in similar situations.”
PREVALENCE OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND LAWSUITS–In the United States each year, according to studies from the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, BMJ (British Medical Journal)Quality and Safety, HealthGrades Patients Safety in Hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine, and Health Affairs :
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