Most people associate medical malpractice with doctors, particularly surgeons. While thousands of patients suffer injuries every year at the hands of negligent doctors and surgeons, victims report instances of medical negligence every day at the hands of other healthcare workers. Nurses, physical therapists, dentists, orthodontists, nursing assistants and occupational therapists have committed acts of medical malpractice and injured or killed patients.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional breaches his or her duty of care to a patient, and as a result, the patient suffers injury or death. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), approximately 225,000 people die each year from medical malpractice. Medical negligence occurs in different forms, including:
Surprisingly, a Healthgrades study revealed that only 2 percent of injured patients filed a medical malpractice claim. Has a medical error harmed you or someone you know?
Approved by attorney Paulette Chapman