Physicians undergo extensive training to ensure that they deliver proper care to their patients. In many instances however, physicians act negligently or fail to act at all and thus, deviate from the accepted standard of care. When a medical professional deviates from the accepted standard of care resulting in injury or even death to a patient, medical malpractice has occurred.
Medical malpractice is not limited to a physician's negligent deviation from the accepted standard of care. A hospital can also be held liable for failing to deliver proper care by providing inadequate nursing care, providing improper medications or failing to provide a hygienic environment.
Although, there are no guarantees for medical results and an unexpected outcome from a procedure does not, by itself, constitute malpractice, laws are in place that are designed to protect a patient's right to pursue compensation for their injury. However, depending on the jurisdiction, one's right to bring a claim may expire relatively quickly. Therefore, it is imperative that if you or someone you know believes that an injury or even death has occurred due to a physician's negligence that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible, regardless of ongoing treatment, to preserve the right to receive compensation for the injury.
Read More in our Medical Malpractice Information Center.
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