What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider, such as a doctor, nurse, or hospital, fails to meet the accepted standard of care and harms a patient. The standard of care does not mean every medical professional must perform their duties flawlessly. However, if a patient suffers harm because a practitioner fails to adhere to the expected standard of care, the injured individual might have the right to file a medical negligence claim.