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What Can Be Considered Medical Malpractice?

Many people who encounter the term medical malpractice are not aware of exactly how many situations it covers. Any injury that has caused harm to a patient due to negligence or malicious intent on the part of the doctor is considered medical malpractice.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, medical malpractice is when a figure of medical authority such as a nurse or doctor causes the patient harm. Due to the vast number of situations this definition encompasses, it may be helpful to someone pursuing a lawsuit to know where their case might fall. For example, harm due to negligence would be handled differently than an injury because of a medication or surgical error. The location that the injury occurs in will also change certain things. Injuries received at a hospital may be treated differently than injuries received at a primary care physician or walk-in clinic.

Accordingly, a list of different categories of potential malpractice includes:

  • Primary care physician malpractice
  • Walk-in clinic malpractice
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Birth injuries
  • Hospital errors
  • Nursing home negligence

Both intentional and unintentional causes can be taken to court under a medical malpractice suit. Intentional injury will be treated with a heavier hand, such as negligence or intentionally deceptive practices. However, sometimes genuine accidents such as misdiagnoses may occur. Unfortunately these accidents may cost a person their health, time, money or more. Due to that, many patients who have suffered from a harmful accident will still wish to pursue a court case in order to collect damages.

Filing for a medical malpractice suit can be a tricky situation. While this is not meant to be taken as legal advice, a person may find themselves benefiting from taking their case to court. This is especially true if a large amount of monetary damage has been incurred.

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