Medical Malpractice: Common Errors by Doctors and Hospitals

Medical malpractice cases arise when a patient is harmed by a doctor or nurse (or other medical professional) who fails to provide proper health care treatment. Fortunately, doctors, nurses, and hospitals make mistakes in a small number of cases. But within that small minority of cases, certain types of errors crop up more often than others. Read on to learn about the doctor and hospital mistakes that make up the bulk of medical malpractice lawsuits.

A word of caution on the types of medical errors described below: Keep in mind that just because a doctor made a mistake or a patient was unhappy with a course of treatment or its outcome, that doesn’t mean malpractice necessarily occurred. In order to meet the legal definition of medical malpractice, the doctor or medical provider must have been negligent in some way — meaning the doctor was not reasonably skillful or competent, and that incompetence harmed the patient. (To learn more about what does and does not constitute medical malpractice, see Nolo’s article Medical Malpractice Basics.)

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

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Medical Malpractice In-Depth

When illness or injury forces you to see a physician or go to the hospital, you can generally be assured that a medical professional’s years of experience and training will result in excellent treatment. But in truth, medical care providers are only human, and errors are always possible. Medical malpractice occurs when a negligent act or omission by a doctor or other medical professional results in damage or harm to a patient. To get started with a medical malpractice case, read First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Claim. See FindLaw’s Medical Malpractice section for more articles and resources.

Negligence by a medical professional can include an error in diagnosis, treatment, or illness management. If such negligence results in injury to a patient, a legal case for medical malpractice can arise against:

  • The doctor, if his or her actions deviated from generally accepted standards of practice;
  • The hospital for improper care or inadequate training, such as problems with medications or sanitation;
  • Local, state or federal agencies that operate hospital facilities.

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First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case

Medical malpractice cases are generally sought by patients who have been harmed or injured due to poor medical treatment or mistaken diagnosis from a medical provider such as a doctor, nurse, technician, hospital or medical worker. Typically, the measure of whether a medical provider was “negligent,” or failed to provide proper care, turns on whether the patient would have received the same standard of care from another medical provider under similar circumstances.

While the majority of health care providers aim to exercise the highest standard of care for all patents, there are times when things can go gravely wrong. If you or a loved one has experienced poor medical care, misdiagnosis, lack of consent, or breach of doctor-patient confidentiality that has resulted in harm or injury, you may be entitled to medical malpractice recovery.

Below are some basic first steps in bringing a medical malpractice case.

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How To Sleep Your Way To Success

Yikes! That sounds a little sordid doesn’t it. Well it’s not what you think, it really is just about “sleep” – and not that other fun bedroom activity…

— So just how much sleep do you really need?

One out of three of us gets by on six — or fewer — hours of sleep a night. Thirty years ago, we’d be snoozing by 9 p.m. Tonight, we’re up watching Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien. Worse still we might be playing video games or surfing the Net. This extended ‘lifestyle’ has resulted in almost a quarter less sleep than our grandparents enjoyed.

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7 Ideas to Take Your Fitness Training Outside

Are you getting bored with your current training routine? Are you sick of driving to the gym to work out when the weather is so nice? Are you stuck in a fitness rut and looking for some new ideas to renew progress? Warmer weather is here so why not take your fitness routine outside?

Let’s face it. Driving 30 minutes to the gym to walk on the treadmill and lift weights does not make much sense when the weather is nice. Not to mention you have been cooped-up all winter long, you are bored out of your mind with your fitness routine, and you have not seen any progress in months.

Sit back and get comfortable. I am going to share with you some ideas that will get you outside, get you interested in training again, and will help you experience a level of progress that you have not seen in years. Interested? I hope that you said YES!

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