Medical Malpractice Might Be a Leading Cause of Death in the Nation

Johns Hopkins Medical is one of the finest hospitals in the world. As per an extensive study by one of its leading researchers, more than 250,000 Americans die from medical errors or omissions every year. That would put medical malpractice as the third-leading cause of death in the nation behind heart disease and cancer.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

According to the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional or hospital causes injury to a patient through a negligent act or omission. A certain standard of care exists for just about every condition. If there is a deviation from the applicable standard of care, and the patient is damaged as a result of that deviation, medical negligence might be established. On the other hand, there might be a gross deviation from the applicable standard of care, but if the patient didn’t suffer any damages, a medical malpractice case against the healthcare provider fails.

Some Examples of Medical Malpractice

An act or failure to act by a health care provider can take many forms. Here are just a few examples of possible medical malpractice that might be the basis of a cause of action:

Failure to diagnose a condition, or a misdiagnosis of a condition
Surgery at the wrong body site
Surgery on the wrong patient
Administration of the wrong medication or wrong dosage of the proper medication
Failure to order proper diagnostic testing

If you believe that you or a family member might have been the victim of medical negligence that caused significant damages in or around Lake, McHenry or Cook County, contact our malpractice lawyers in Libertyville, at Ryan Ryan & Viglione, and you can arrange for a consultation with our malpractice lawyers in Libertyville at no cost or obligation at all. Just call us at 847-244-1436 or use our easy contact form.

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