The elements that must be addressed during allegations of medical malpractice include:
• The legal duty of a health care provider to the care or treatment of a patient
• Whether the provider or medical professional failed to provide acceptable standards of care
• Whether the injury occurred as a direct result of failure or negligence
• Physical, emotional, and / or monetary damages incurred.
Medical Malpractice Facts
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 225,000 people die each year due to medical errors. The average numbers for these medical malpractice errors include. • 12,000 deaths each year from unnecessary surgery • 7,000 deaths each year from medication errors in hospitals • 20,000 deaths each year from other errors in hospitals • 80,000 deaths each year from a hospital-acquired infection • 106,000 deaths each year from non-error, adverse effects of medications