Mistakes and complications are common in medical treatment. But when doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to adhere to an established standard of care and that leads to injury, illness or death, it is a case of medical malpractice. Malpractice can take place at almost any stage of medical treatment — from the examination room to the delivery room to the operating table. Individual health care professionals can be found negligent, as well as hospitals themselves. There are many types of malpractice that we’ll look at in the following but, first, let’s look why it can happen.
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