Medical malpractice is an act or omission by a health care provider which deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury to the patient or substantial loss of income. Simply put, medical malpractice is professional negligence by a healthcare provider that causes an injury.

Just because you sign a consent form when treatment is received does not give the health care provider the right to commit malpractice. Even though you or someone you know accepts the stated risks and complications that may arise from a procedure or treatment doesn't relieve any medical provider - whether an emergency room doctor, attending physician, psychiatrist or other health care provider - from their health care responsibilities to provide the standard of care associated with your medical treatment or health care.

The third leading cause of death in the United States arses from adverse effects or complications caused by or resulting from medical treatment.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Johns Hopkins University the following are the estimated number of deaths annually in the United States which result from medical treatment or ancillary factors related to health care:

  • 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medication;
  • 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals;
  • 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals;
  • 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery;
  • 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals.

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