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Title: What Kinds of Mistakes are Medical Malpractice?


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WHAT KINDS OF MISTAKES ARE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
A Guide for Victims
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Medical Negligence
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A healthcare provider can be liable for medical
malpractice any time that the care a patient
received fell short of what a reasonably
competent professional would have done under the
circumstances.
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Medical malpractice claims can arise from actions
a doctor takes, like leaving a surgical
instrument in a patient.
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Medical malpractice claims can also arise from
omissions, like misdiagnosis.
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Examples of Mistakes that Could be Medical
Malpractice
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Some possible examples of mistakes that could be
considered malpractice include
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  • Misdiagnosing medical conditions
  • Failing to follow up on lab results
  • Delayed diagnosis of medical conditions
  • Mixing up lab test samples or contaminating test
    results
  • Leaving surgical instruments inside of a patient
  • Operating on the wrong patient
  • Operating on the wrong body part

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Any Care Provider Can Make a Mistake
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Any medical care provider can make a mistake that
constitutes medical malpractice.
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This can include
  • Primary care doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Optometrists
  • Podiatrists
  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors

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Doctors are judged based on what a reasonable
professional with similar training and experience
would have done.
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Experts May be Required
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Because the question of medical negligence
depends upon technical knowledge, an expert often
must testify to prove medical negligence.
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The expert will need to explain what the doctor
did wrong, and why the acts or omissions fell
below a reasonable standard of care.
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A lawyer can help you to find an expert witness
for your case.
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OUR LAW FIRM CAN HELP
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Click to visit http//kaganlaw.ca
Or call Toll Free 1 855 734 0007
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