A recently published medical journal shows that a significant percentage of medical errors occur in places other than surgical wards. Many patients nationwide, including Mississippi, suffer personal injury as the result of misdiagnosis that occurs in doctors' consulting rooms and emergency departments. In fact, the study showed that more than one-third of legal claims for medical malpractice resulted from delayed or inaccurate diagnosis.
Many consumers in Mississippi have to deal with the consequences of dangerous, defective or malfunctioning products. However, they might not be aware that even perfectly functioning products can cause injuries for which the manufacturer might be responsible. General legal principles state that inadequate warnings or instructions on a product could render it defective if it causes personal injury.
Anyone in Mississippi who came out of the hospital in poorer health than when he or she was admitted might have questions about available legal options. Suffering personal injury and needing costly medical treatment as the result of medical negligence is unacceptable. However, what constitutes medical malpractice? It is defined as medical negligence, which is an act or omission (failure to act) by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted medical standard of care.
If you are like most people, you have heard the term "pain and suffering" before, and you know that it applies to personal injury law, but you might not know exactly what it means or how it applies. We are going to answer those questions for you today.