Medical malpractice is when a physician, or other professional, renders substandard medical care resulting in harm to the patient. Professional malpractice is a civil wrong or “tort” for which injured patients can be entitled to legal compensation. The damages caused by medical malpractice can be very significant.
Poor medical care can easily result in debilitating physical harm and even death. In fact, a recent study by Johns Hopkins estimated that medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. each year. Baltimore has some of the best hospitals and doctors in the entire country. But medical malpractice occurs even at places like Johns Hopkins.
Everyone always talks about how fortunate we are to have such great hospitals in Baltimore. I’ve said that myself and felt blessed to have the treatment options I have had. Yet Maryland ranks 48th in hospital safety in Maryland, and Baltimore hospitals play a big role in that ranking.