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Infections, other issues can result from medical malpractice

When people go to hospitals or medical facilities, they naturally expect to receive professional care. Although there is no guarantee that a doctor can help a patient, a doctor is expected to, at minimum, do his or her best. Unfortunately, this does not always occur in West Virginia and other states, leading to issues such as infections and medication errors. Both are grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Based on recent research on medical malpractice, these types of cases are on the incline. Sixty percent of malpractice victims are female, with their median age being 38. In addition, obstetricians and gynecologists are defendants in about 19 percent of these types of cases, followed by general surgeons at 17 percent and primary care doctors at 16 percent. Furthermore, compensation for inpatient-care malpractice is more than $360,000 on average, while the figure is about $290,000 for outpatient care.

These types of civil cases are assessed according to a set standard of care. This means that if a doctor or health care professional has failed to meet the standard, he or she is guilty of malpractice. A standard of care refers to how other professionals who operate in the same type of capacity would have behaved.

Medical malpractice in West Virginia can cause a person to suffer serious harm with potentially life-threatening consequences depending on the situation. In other cases, people develop infections and end up losing their lives, for example. Any person who has suffered due to the negligence of a medical care provider has the right to seek the reimbursement of monetary damages in civil court. Likewise, the family of a person who has lost his or her life has the right to file a wrongful death claim in an effort to correct any wrong that has been committed.

Source:, "Medical Malpractice on the Increase", Sara Williams, Sept. 26, 2016

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