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What is a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Medical professionals are required to follow certain medical standards when providing medical care. If a you are injured because a medical professional fails to follow the applicable standard of care, you may have a medical malpractice claim.

Do I Have a Case?

In order to move forward with a medical malpractice claim under Mississippi law, you must be able to prove that the medical professional deviated from the accepted standard of care. You also must prove that the deviation from the standard of care resulted in a serious injury or loss.

Hospital Negligence

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, every year tens of thousands of deaths result from medical errors in hospitals. Hospital nurses and staff are required to follow specific protocols and policies concerning patient treatment and care. Hospitals may also be negligent if a patient is injured as a result of under-staffing or from the failure to properly educate and train its staff

Medication Errors

Every year there are thousands of unnecessary deaths caused by medication errors.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there are three types of avoidable medication errors. The most common is when the wrong medication is given. The second type of medication error is when the wrong dose is administered. For example, a patient could be hooked up to a pain pump which is not programmed properly. The third type of medication error occurs when the patient is given a medication that the patient is actually allergic to. Each of these errors can cause the patient to have a much worse outcome than they otherwise would have had.


Misdiagnosis is the failure to timely diagnose and treat a serious medical condition. There are two types of failure to diagnose. The first is when the patient is diagnosed with a more serious condition than what they actually have. The result of this error can be unnecessary and potentially harmful medical treatment. The second is when the patient is diagnosed with a less serious medical problem than what they actually have. The result of this type of misdiagnosis can be a life altering delay in being given the necessary medical treatment.

For information on how to avoid misdiagnosis, click here.

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We are one of the most experienced medical malpractice law firms in Mississippi. To set up an initial consultation to discuss your specific situation, call us at 601-957-3101 or contact us online.