Malpractice Suits

Malpractice suits refer to torts or civil claims of professional malpractice or misconduct. Most of these suits are medical, but other professionals, such as accountants and lawyers, may be sued for not following the standards of their fields. A health care practitioner, such as a physician, a nurse, a dentist, or a therapist, may be sued for negligence or for not exercising ordinary expected care, given the circumstances. A negligence claim is one in which the plaintiff perceives that the respondent “should have known better” but has rather deviated from the norms of practice in performing procedures or not performing procedures or actions that others similarly charged would perceive to be necessary. The legal element of some harm to the patient or the client is ...

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