Defining medical malpractice

When a hospital doctor or other health care provider was careless or negligent in treatment.
Medical malpractice is a part of personal injury law dealing with injuries suffered because a hospital doctor or other health care provider was careless or negligent in treatment.

The term "malpractice" describes a situation where the treatment provided was inconsistent with customary and acceptable practices. A few of examples of malpractice include:
  • Not diagnosing or misdiagnosing a disease
  • Failure to provide appropriate treatment for a medical condition
  • Unreasonable delay in treating a diagnosed condition

If you are not harmed by a health care provider's error, you cannot recover damages as a result.

When do I need a malpractice law attorney?

You can find malpractice law attorneys by browsing these listings.

Determining how much an injury — especially a serious one — is worth can be a complicated business, and it's difficult to get the most out of your claim without an expert's help.

Pursuing a medical malpractice case is expensive. Also, any damages you're able to recover may be limited by statute. It may also be necessary to seek advice from medical experts, who can be very costly to hire.

If you have suffered an injury or illness due to careless, unprofessional or incompetent treatment at the hands of a health care provider, both the medical issues and the legal rules involved are complex. They almost always require that you hire an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.

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