Every year, thousands of doctors are sued for medical malpractice. A huge percentage of these claims are contestable at best. Many of them are downright ludicrous. It’s very important for people to know what constitutes medical malpractice, so as to not waste precious time and money going for it.
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The bottom line of it of course, is that hospitals and health care professionals are expected to provide the best service, which is why any error, negligence, or omission can be considered medical malpractice. However, it’s also important to note that while health care professionals and hospitals are not necessarily liable for all the instances wherein patients get hurt, they (health care professionals) can be held legally accountable if the patient experiences harm due to the lack or absence of quality care that is expected.
If a person experiences long-term suffering and constant pain that may lead to disability and considerable loss of income, then he or she may file a medical malpractice suit. But if the physician did not act in a negligent manner, or if the injury is not substantial, then it would be difficult to prove medical malpractice.
It is very important to note that legal elements in medical malpractice include a professional duty owed to the patient, a breach of said duty, an injury from that breach, and finally, resulting damages.
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