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Medical Malpractice Law: An Overview

Medical malpractice law is a branch of personal injury law that deals with pain and suffering coming as a result of gross mistakes, negligence or bad judgment on the part of a doctor, hospital or other care provider.

There are a number of issues the courts will address before deciding whether medical malpractice has occurred. For example, they must determine whether the care provider was actually responsible for providing treatment, whether he or she failed to provide this treatment, whether someone was hurt or injured, and whether this injury came as a result of the person’s failure to provide treatment. If these criteria are met, there may be sufficient grounds for a finding of medical malpractice.

Of course there are many other medical malpractice laws and situations to consider before a ruling can be made. Case procedures, rulings and statutes of limitations vary from state to state, but in general, there are a few types of cases that occur most frequently in medical malpractice law. Among them are failure to follow procedures, failure to diagnose cancer, wrongful death, improper diagnosis and wrongful birth (birth defects).

In each of these incidences, the client is seeking financial reward for the perceived loss or damage caused by the malpractice. This reward can take the form of either compensatory damages or punitive damages, and the client is eligible to receive one or both of these, should the court rule in favor of medical malpractice.

Compensatory damages refer to monies awarded to compensate the victim for his or her financial, physical or emotional loss resulting from the malpractice. Punitive damages refer to monies awarded to make an example of and punish the offending doctor, and discourage future misconduct.

All of the above factors must be considered, including the appropriate form of punishment, before a ruling can be made in a court of law concerning medical malpractice.

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