Medical malpractice occurs when a physician, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, hospital, clinic or other healthcare professional fails to care for a patient in accordance with the prevailing standard of care. If such negligence injures or kills the patient, the patient or the patient’s family members can seek compensation from those parties who committed malpractice.
Medical malpractice can take place during any medical procedure:
- a pediatrician may misdiagnose a child’s meningitis symptoms as another ailment;
- a nurse may administer the wrong drug;
- a lab technician may reuse unsanitary needles to draw a blood sample;
- a radiologist may misread a CAT scan or x-ray; and
- a pharmacist may fill a patient’s prescription with the wrong drug or with the incorrect dosage of the right drug;