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How common is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is very common, and consists of such mistakes as misdiagnosis, incorrect prescriptions, surgical errors and needless incidents relevant to childbirth. In addition, medical malpractice can occur when there are errors in paperwork that can place patient’s life at risk. Victims of medical malpractice are entitled to receive compensation for the injuries they suffered due to the negligence of their physician or other health care provider.

In the United States, mistakes in diagnosis cause between 80,000 and 160,000 fatalities every year, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. This makes diagnostic errors one of the most perilous and costly errors committed by American doctors.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 350,000 malpractice claims in the United States that happened over the past 25 years. They revealed that most of claims were relevant to diagnostic errors, and that those errors often resulted in harm to the patient, and the largest payout.

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