What Is Medical Malpractice? (Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut)

What is medical malpractice? Here are the “official” definitions of medical malpractice from Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Connecticut:


456.50 Repeated medical malpractice.— (1) (g) “Medical malpractice” means the failure to practice medicine in accordance with the level of care, skill, and treatment recognized in general law related to health care licensure. Only for the purpose of finding repeated medical malpractice pursuant to this section, any similar wrongful act, neglect, or default committed in another state or country which, if committed in this state, would have been considered medical malpractice as defined in this paragraph, shall be considered medical malpractice if the standard of care and burden of proof applied in the other state or country equaled or exceeded that used in this state.


NRS 41A.009 “Medical malpractice” defined. “Medical malpractice” means the failure of a physician, hospital or employee of a hospital, in rendering services, to use the reasonable care, skill or knowledge ordinarily used under similar circumstances. (Added to NRS by 1985, 2006; A 1989, 425)


12-563. Necessary elements of proof. Both of the following shall be necessary elements of proof that injury resulted from the failure of a health care provider to follow the accepted standard of care: 1. The health care provider failed to exercise that degree of care, skill and learning expected of a reasonable, prudent health care provider in the profession or class to which he belongs within the state acting in the same or similar circumstances. 2. Such failure was a proximate cause of the injury.


Georgia Code: § 51-1-27. Recovery for medical malpractice authorized. A person professing to practice surgery or the administering of medicine for compensation must bring to the exercise of his profession a reasonable degree of care and skill. Any injury resulting from a want of such care and skill shall be a tort for which a recovery may be had.


General Statutes of Connecticut, Title 52, Chapter 899. Sec. 52-184C. Standard of care in negligence action against health care provider. Qualifications of expert witness. (a) In any civil action to recover damages resulting from personal injury or wrongful death occurring on or after October 1, 1987, in which it is alleged that such injury or death resulted from the negligence of a health care provider, as defined in section 52-184b, the claimant shall have the burden of proving by the preponderance of the evidence that the alleged actions of the health care provider represented a breach of the prevailing professional standard of care for that health care provider. The prevailing professional standard of care for a given health care provider shall be that level of care, skill and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers. 

If you, a family member, a loved one, or a friend may have been injured as a result of medical malpractice in Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, or in another state in the United States, you should promptly seek the advice of a local medical malpractice attorney in your state to discuss your possible medical malpractice claim.

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