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Mistakes and complications are common in medical treatment. But when doctors, nurses and other health care professionals fail to adhere to an established standard of care and that leads to injury, illness or death, it is a case of medical malpractice. Malpractice can take place at almost any stage of medical treatment — from the examination room, to the delivery room to the operating table. Individual healthcare professionals can be found negligent, as well as hospitals themselves.

Did you know medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States?

Estimates of the number of annual deaths caused by medical error in the U.S. range from 250,000 to 440,000.

Learn more in this infographic: Fatal Medical Errors providing common causes of medical error.

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