What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or medical professional is negligent or omits treatment that results in harm to a patient. Types of negligence by a healthcare professional include an error in treatment, diagnosis or management of the illness. If a patient is injured due to negligence, a medical malpractice lawsuit could arise. The actions of the health care professional must deviate from generally accepted standards of practice, improper care, medication errors, and nursing or sanitation issues.