What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is "bad medicine" that results in harm or damage. Medical malpractice is improper or negligent conduct by a medical provider or healthcare professional. If a medical provider or healthcare professional is negligent or careless while providing services for a patient and the patient suffers injury or death as a result, that medical provider has committed medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice is a failure to perform as a reasonable medical care provider should have performed under the circumstances; it can be a failure to do something that should have been done or doing something that should not have been done.

In legal terms, medical malpractice is a deviation from the standard of care expected of a similar medical or healthcare provider in similar circumstances. As the Connecticut Supreme Court has stated: "Malpractice is commonly defined as 'the failure of one rendering profes-sional services to exercise that degree of skill and learning commonly applied under all the circumstances in the community by the average prudent reputable member of the profession with the result of injury, loss, or damage to the recipient of those services....'" Barnes v. Schlein, 192 Conn. 732, 735 (1984).

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or loss caused by medical malpractice, medical negligence, or medical mistake, please contact our MedicalMalpractice.Pro Team to arrange a free and confidential consultation.

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