People go to the doctor or hospital for help with an injury or illness. But some patients end up worse off than they were before treatment because their health care providers commit medical malpractice. Medical malpractice happens when health professionals provide care that falls short of what’s expected (called the “standard of care”) and cause their patient harm (like a birth injury, misdiagnosis, or surgical error). To learn more about your state’s medical malpractice laws, click on the link for your state and keep reading for tips on how to file (and win) medical malpractice lawsuits.
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