What is Medical Malpractice?


Medical Malpractice occurs when a health care professional neglects to provide appropriate treatment, omits to take an appropriate action or gives substandard treatment that leads to harm, injury or death of a patient. According to John Hopkins University, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year from medical errors and negligence, leading medical malpractice to being the third-leading cause of death in the United States.

The majority of Medical Malpractice claims are against medical doctors (~70%) but claims are also filed against:


  • Dentists

  • Physicians

  • Registered Nurses

  • ADV. Practice Nurses

  • Podiatrist

  • Physician Assistant

  • Chiropractor

  • Therapist & Counselors

  • Pharmacist

  • Practice Nurses

  • Optometrist

  • Psychologist

  • Nursing para-professionals

  • Social workers

  • Dental Hygienists


About one-third of all filed malpractice claims from 2013-2017 were related to missed or delayed diagnoses, which lead to a patient receiving unnecessary treatments, or not receiving necessary treatments in a timely manner.

Other common medical malpractice claims include:


  • Failure to treat

  • Prescription drug errors

  • Surgical or procedural errors

  • Childbirth injuries


If you believe you or a loved one have been victims of Medical Malpractice, please contact our office today. We would love to learn more about your situation and see how we can help you earn the compensation you need in order to recover.


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