Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error. Standards and regulations for medical malpractice vary by country and jurisdiction within countries. Medical professionals may obtain professional liability insurances to offset the risk and costs of lawsuits based on medical malpractice.
A doctor would be liable for (depending on the circumstances) such things as prescribing experimental drugs and performing cosmetic surgery.
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries, including brain damage
- Emergency room errors
- Surgical errors
- Medication mistakes
- Failure to monitor patients.
Problems related to medical negligence are very common. The Institute of Medicine estimates that more people die every year from preventable medical errors than in auto accidents, breast cancer or AIDS. Preventable medical mistakes kill around 192,000 patients a year in the United States and injure many others.
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