Medical Malpractice Dictionary: Malpractice


Malpractice: Negligence in practice of a profession (e.g. medical malpractice)

Malpractice: Malpractice is a general legal term relating to negligence or failure to satisfy a duty of care. The term applies to various professional areas such as medical malpractice, legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, and so on. Medical malpractice may involve aspects of personal injury, wrongful death, or other legal areas. Medical malpractice may involve medical areas such as surgical errors (including anesthetics), medical errors, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, drug interactions, adverse reactions, and numerous other possible areas of medicine. Consult an attorney or professional legal adviser for details.

Related Medical Malpractice Statistics

  • $4 billion dollars paid by insurers for malpractice in the USA 1999 (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
  • Estimated 25% of practicing physicians sued annually (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
  • Estimated 50-65% physicians sued at least once during their career (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
  • Estimated 10-20% of malpractice claims reach trial phase (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
  • Majority of malpractice cases involve misdiagnoses, diagnostic errors or delayed diagnosis (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)

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Always seek professional legal advice from an attorney or other qualified legal professional about medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, or any other legal issue. The medical/legal information provided here is of a general nature only, and is not a substitute for professional medical or legal advice.

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