What Is Medical Malpractice?


A: If a doctor makes a mistake that causes injury, he may have committed malpractice. It is not a requirement that the doctor make a grievous or intentional error, only that he is negligent and that his negligence causes an injury. It is the same as running a red light when driving. In fact, sometimes medical malpractice is referred to as “the doctor running a medical red light.”

In Illinois, the law recognizes that bad results can occur even when a doctor does all that he can. Therefore, in order to be held responsible for a bad result, the law says that he must have provided care that did not meet "the standard of care." The standard of care is defined as the level of care, skill and treatment that is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably careful healthcare providers in similar specialties under similar circumstances.

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