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Law Firm Releases New Informational Graphic on the Basics of Understanding Medical Malpractice Cases
Date:5/20/2013

(PRWEB) May 20, 2013

According to a June 2009 Bloomberg article, it is estimated that expenses associated with medical malpractice amount to approximately $3.6 billion dollars per year (i). Additionally, in 2006, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement estimated that there 15 million incidents of medical harm each year (ii). Statistics like these suggest that everyone who receives any form of medical treatment should be aware of the basics of medical malpractice. Merriam-Webster defines malpractice as “a dereliction of professional duty or a failure to exercise an accepted degree of professional skill.” This definition explains the heart of any medical malpractice claim, the failure of a medical professional to act as a reasonable similarly situated medical professional would have acted.

Medical malpractice can be committed by any medical professional. This includes, but is not limited to, anesthesiologists, dentists, emergency room staff, nurses, surgeons, and therapists. Medical malpractice may be a result of an anesthesia mistake, birth injury, diagnostic error, surgical error, or any other medical error. A study published by the American College of Emergency Physicians in February 2007 found that 52% of medical errors in emergency rooms were due to diagnostic errors such as the failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, or misdiagnosis (iii).

The infographic provides information on medical professionals who may commit medical malpractice and common claims. It also provides statistics about medical malpractice settlements. For example, from 2000 until 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice found that 93% of all medic
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