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Types of Medical Malpractice

The US Department of Health and Human Services has found that one out of seven Medicare hospital patients is injured and many others are killed each month by medical mistakes.
    ORLANDO, FL, August 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Centers for Disease Control states that nearly 100,000 people die every year in this country from preventable hospital infections alone. Additionally, it is estimated that the vast majority of incidents of medical malpractice are never even reported.

What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined by the failure of a medical professional to provide the standard of care that a similarly trained or experienced person would have provided resulting in harm to the patient. Anytime someone is injured, or suffers unnecessary complications as the result of a physician's or other health care professional's negligence, it is medical malpractice. Medical malpractice takes many different forms, and it can have a devastating impact on the victim and the victim's family.

Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can arise in nearly any medical situation, and be caused by a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, surgeon, or any other medical provider, so there are many areas where a case may be brought. Malpractice cases may be initiated due to failure to diagnose a life-threatening condition like cancer, heart attack or stroke. They can result from birth injuries to mother or child, including Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy, Hypoxia, or Kernicterus. If a surgeon or anesthesiologist makes a mistake that causes harm, that too is medical malpractice. Many cases result from improperly tested or prescribed medications. Another disturbing trend is a rise in malpractice cases resulting from improper care or neglect in nursing homes and rehab facilities.

If you live in Florida, including the Orlando area, and you or a family member has been a victim of medical malpractice, please visit the website of Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter today.


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