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Doctors and patients should try to prevent medical malpractice

Anyone in Ocala who has ever been sick or injured understands how much trust that a patient must place in their doctor. Every day, patients put their lives in the hands of doctors and nurses, in hopes that these medical professionals can restore their health. Sometimes, however, doctors and other medical staff make mistakes and fail to properly treat the patient. When this happens, it can cost the patient their life.

According to the Journal of American Medical Association, only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths each year than medical malpractice. In addition, hospitals and doctors pay out billions of dollars per year to injured patients and their families.

Medical malpractice is the legal terminology to describe a situation where a doctor or other healthcare provider fails to treat a patient in a similar manner as would other healthcare providers under similar circumstances. Medical malpractice claims usually require an expert to give their opinion on whether the healthcare providers at issue did in fact fail to adhere to standard procedures.

Patients can take some steps to decrease their chances of becoming a victim of medical malpractice. For example, patients should do everything that they can to understand their condition and to document it so that they can accurately describe it to their doctor. In addition, patients should not be afraid to ask many questions and to speak up when they think something might be going wrong.

Every patient must speak out to their doctors on their own behalf. But, even the most alert and involved patients can't prevent all medical errors. When medical malpractice leads to a worsened condition or fatal accident, the victim or their family is entitled to compensation. People go to hospitals and doctors to get healthier, but in too many cases, the opposite occurs.

Source: Forbes, "10 Things You Want To Know About Medical Malpractice," Demetrius Cheeks, Accessed on March 16, 2015

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