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Defining a medical malpractice suit

Although technological advances have reached a point where we now have robots working in hospitals and even in surgery rooms, the value and ability of doctors and medical professionals can never be fully replaced by machines. Doctors are humans however, and humans make mistakes. And when it comes to the medical field, a human error can lead to a severe injury, worsened condition or, in extreme cases, even death to a victim.

When we visit a doctor or hospital, we expect elite, professional care on every level by all personnel. But unfortunately, medical malpractice, whether from negligence or human error, does happen. And negligence and errors may take many forms.

If a doctor deviates from what is considered the standards of practice, he or she may be liable for injuries, illnesses or death. The same is true if the facility does not have an adequately trained staff, or if the facility does not meet necessary sanitation standards. Errors such as a misdiagnosis or incorrect prescriptions being ordered or given to a patient are also grounds for a medical malpractice suit. More serious forms of medical malpractice in the form of negligence may include instruments left inside a patient's body, or the wrong limb or organ worked on in surgery.

Medical malpractice suits often require extensive evidence and a strong team of law professionals to prove a case. You know the doctors' and hospitals' will have a strong team defending them, it only makes sense for you to prepare yourself with the same.

Source: findlaw.com "Medical Malpractice In-Depth," Accessed Sept. 8, 2015

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