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What to know about medical malpractice claims

Arizona residents may be aware of the health issues medical errors may cause. According to the British Medical Journal, they are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer account for more than the 251,000 deaths caused by medical error in 2016. The study published in the British Medical Journey has been corroborated by multiple studies in the United States.

Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death, and it accounted for more deaths than strokes and accidents in 2016. However, this does not mean that every medical error is the result of malpractice. This is only true if it can be shown that a doctor or other medical professional didn't meet the standard of care owed to a patient. Furthermore, it has to be shown that there was an injury that was caused by the negligence of a doctor or medical professional.

Those who are planning on pursuing medical malpractice claims should be aware that they can be costly. This is partially because expert witnesses may be needed to help prove that malpractice occurred. Furthermore, the odds of winning a malpractice case may be 20 to 30 percent, assuming that it makes it to court at all. These variables may play a role in whether a person feels its worthwhile to pursue a claim.

A surgeon or doctor error may result in a serious injury that may alter a person's life either temporarily or permanently. An attorney may review a case to determine if negligence occurred. Negligence may include failing to review a patient's chart or removing the wrong body part. If a medical malpractice claim is successful, a patient may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages caused by the error.

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