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Types of medical malpractice

Types of medical malpractice: Medical malpractice may involve numerous medical areas. Although the common lay perception of medical malpractice may be that it relates mainly to surgical errors, there are numerous possible interactions with medical professionals, hospitals, and other medical institutions that may give rise to medical malpractice, wrongful death, or personal injury law. Some of the possibilities include:

Not all medical errors, misdiagnosis, surgical complications, adverse reactions, or any of the above examples are necessarily medical malpractice, because there is always inherent risk in any medical treatment or procedure. Not even all medical errors are necessarily medical malpractice. Consult an attorney or professional legal adviser for details.

Related Medical Malpractice Statistics

  • Medical malpractice statistics for misdiagnosis and other diagnostic errors:
    • Majority of malpractice cases involve misdiagnoses, diagnostic errors or delayed diagnosis (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
    • 51.7% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits in a study involved misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)
    • 1.7% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits in a study involved delayed diagnosis (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)
    • 20% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits in a study involved failure to diagnose with no diagnosis (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)
    • 30% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits in a study involved misdiagnosis (wrong diagnosis) (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)
    • 30% of the dollars for ER medical malpractice lawsuits involve heart attack (Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993)

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