Medical malpractice is defined as an act of negligence or omission by a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider which deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and injures a patient. In cases where a patient has signed a release form, a health care provider may still be responsible if the injury or complication could have been avoided.
Common types of medical malpractice are the failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, failure to provide appropriate treatment, or delay in treatment for a condition, or an unreasonable delay in treating a medical condition.
Medical malpractice can often be avoided. If you suspect you are a victim of medical malpractice you may have grounds for a lawsuit to recover damages.