Medical malpractice refers to times of negligence when doctors, nurses, or other healthcare providers do not meet an established and expected standard of care in their actions with patients and injuries, damages, or deaths are the unfortunate result.
Physicians who are convicted of engaging in medical malpractice may face a number of fines, judgment awards, fees, and penalties from patients who were directly affected by their acts of negligence.
Consequences of Medical Malpractice
It is also a common result that physicians who are convicted of acts of medical malpractice or negligence will go on to lose their medical licenses, barring them from practicing medicine if the case of negligence or malpractice is judged to be significantly severe. People who have suffered from malpractice or negligence from their physicians or other healthcare professionals, should look into the law to see if they may be legally entitled to some form of financial compensation.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
It is not an easy feat to start and win a case of medical malpractice in the United States, as healthcare facilities such as hospitals and insurance companies often have entire departments set up to fight claims and complaints of medical malpractice and negligence. They are also likely to have insurance to help them settle any claims that come up from patients.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions
- Can You File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Someone Other Than a Doctor?
- Is a Misdiagnosis Considered Malpractice?
- If I Can Prove That the Defendant Violated the Standard of Care, Does That Mean I Win My Case?
- Is There a Review Panel for My Medical Malpractice Case?
- What Is Meant by “a Breach of the Standard of Care” in a Medical Malpractice Case?