An Overview of Medical Malpractice & Lawsuit

Medical Malpractice is a legal term associated to lawsuits alleging damage to a patient because of various circumstances like misdiagnosis, mistreatment, or various types of negligence made by medical professionals, including doctors. Readers should note that not all errors in medical diagnosis and treatment are necessarily malpractice, because there are certain risks and margins for error that arise inherently in the practice of medicine.

According to JAMA – Journal of the American Medical AssociationMedical malpractice has become the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer. The chief allegation is misdiagnosis, either delayed diagnosis or mismanagement of diagnostic tests. It has been observed in a study that the top five diseases that receive monetary awards for medical malpractice, in terms of value, are breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer (including colon cancer and rectal cancer), heart attack, and appendicitis.

Some of the most common medical malpractice conditions which occur as a result of negligence of doctors or other medical professionals are Cerebral Palsy, Erbs Palsy, Birth Defect Litigation, Birth Injury, Cancer Misdiagnosis and Nursing Home Abuse.

In order to successfully win a medical malpractice award, there are several obstacles to overcome. The first is that the case must be started before the statute of limitations has run out, and this length of time varies by state (and country) and also varies depending on the type of lawsuit or specific allegations

There are several obstacles to overcome in order to win a medical malpractice award. The first and foremost is that the case must be started before the statute of limitations (time limit that restricts when you can start a lawsuit) has run out. The statute of limitations varies by state (and country) and also differs depending on the type of lawsuit or specific allegations.

Since some of the medical errors are considered “normal” and many surgeries, procedures, and drugs have known risks and side effects, it is necessary to prove medical malpractice, rather than a medical error or other adverse event that may not be considered negligence or malpractice.

Always consult with your attorney or other legal professional for any legal advice related to medical malpractice. The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes, and does not constitute legal advice. There are few web sites (like SelectCounsel.com) which evaluate your medical malpractice case for FREE!

George Miller is an experienced legal writer and presently looks after content management for SelectCounsel.com

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