Medical Malpractice Dictionary: Medical malpractice


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Medical malpractice: Legal areas related to negligence in the practice of medicine.

Medical malpractice: In a typical medical malpractice case, the plaintiff is usually the patient, who files suit seeking compensation from a defendant. The defendent in medical malpractice is typically a doctor, hospital, or other medical professionals or organizations. Medical malpractice requires proof of specific failures by the defendant, such as negligence or other breach of duty. Medical malpractice may involve medical areas such as surgical errors (including anesthetics), medical errors, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, drug interactions, adverse reactions, improper treatment, and numerous other possible areas of medicine. Not all medical errors, misdiagnosis, surgical complications, or adverse reactions are necessarily medical malpractice, because there is always inherent risk in any medical treatment or procedure. Consult an attorney or professional legal adviser for details.

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