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What is medical malpractice?

“Medical malpractice” or “medmal” is the legal term for when a doctor fails to do his or her job with the degree of skill or care required and expected by the medical field. 

Medical malpractice has occurred when a health care provider’s act or omission harms or kills a patient.  Most often, it involves some sort of error or mistake.  Malpractice can happen in numerous ways, such as prescribing the wrong medication, misdiagnosing an illness, committing a surgical mistake, or failing to notice or account for certain warning signs of or facts relevant to a person’s health.  Medical malpractice can also involve hospital errors or can result from negligently run or poorly maintained medical facilities. 

Medical professionals and medical facilities are required to have insurance to cover instances of malpractice or negligence.  If you or a family member has been hurt by a doctor’s mistake or in a negligently-operated hospital, you may have a medical malpractice or negligence case and can seek recovery in a court of law.  If you recover, often the liability insurance will be the paying party. 

When you make a medmal claim because you have been hurt by a medical error, you are not running doctors out of our state or driving up healthcare costs – doctors and hospitals invest in insurance in order to cover mistakes when they happen, and healthcare providers must be held to the standard of care they are expected to adhere to.  Simply, if you have been hurt by a medical error, you have the right to seek recovery and compensation for your injuries and . 

If you have been hurt by medical negligence, you need an experienced attorney on your side to start building your case and advocating for your rights – contact us right away.  At NB&W, we can answer your questions and help you start to recover.  We want to make sure all health care providers are kept to the highest standard of care and are healing, not hurting, your families and ours.