What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a specific type of injury claim that typically involves the negligence of a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or other health care professional. Proving medical malpractice usually requires that the plaintiff suffered medical injuries due to the medical professional’s breach of their professional duty of care. There are various standards of care depending on the professional’s line of work, educational background, and medical experience. Examples of medical malpractice include: prescribing the wrong medicines; giving wrong medical advice; performing the wrong surgery; and reckless handling of the patient’s body, such as causing internal injuries during a colonoscopy. In a medical negligence claim, many different parties can be held liable, such as a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or other hospital personnel.