Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Negligence

Negligence is defined as when the actions (or inaction) is less than what any reasonable person would do (or not do) to protect the well being of another individual that results in harm to their body, property, mental well-being, financial status. If an injured person proves that another person acted negligently to cause his injury, he can recover damages to compensate for his harm.

Medical negligence occurs when the treatment provided by a health service provider falls below an acceptable standard. Examples include a physician leaving a clamp inside of a surgery patient or administering medication to the wrong patient. It is the unfortunate reality that medical treatment is sometimes unsuccessful and injuries can sometimes result but that does not always mean that there has been any negligence. Negligent treatment usually goes beyond a simple reasonable mistake or error.

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