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Medical Malpractice and Patient Abandonment

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When a patient is under a physician’s care and that physician abruptly terminates the provider/patient relationship without reasonable notice or excuse, and fails to give the patient adequate opportunity to find a qualified replacement provider, that can constitute medical malpractice called patient abandonment—that is if the patient suffers a worsening of their condition or further harm as a result.

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Nursing Malpractice

Most of the time, when people think of malpractice cases, they think of physicians or hospitals as being the responsible party. And it's true that typically a doctor or hospital will be held responsible for damages in malpractice cases, but nurses can actually cause the harm or injury that leads to malpractice.

Nurses are a doctor's or hospital's front line for patient care. It is a nurse's responsibility to monitor a patient's condition and it's typically a nurse that notices first when something goes wrong with patients under their care. Nurses also administer drugs to patients and operate medical equipment in the administering of patient care.

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Medical Malpractice Damages

When a patient suffers harm or injury because a doctor or other medical professional did not provide medical care above acceptable standards, the patient is entitled to medical malpractice damages.

Examples of such harm include:

  • Failure to diagnose (or misdiagnosing) a medical condition
  • Failure to follow appropriate medical procedures when treating the patient
  • Failing to warn the patient of known risks of a medical procedure or prescribed medication


We discuss the burden of proof in medical malpractice cases in our February 13, 2014 post on the subject. However, one area of medical malpractice many have questions about is the amount of damages they owed in such cases.

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