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As of 22 July 2019, it has officially been reported that an infection outbreak has occurred in patients across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. In a shocking case of medical malpractice, the outbreak was caused by a Mount Sterling doctor who allowed his unlicensed wife to mishandle vaccinations. 

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure is aware of the situation and has placed Dr. Paul E. McLaughlin on five years’ probation. He has also been ordered to pay $5,000 for assigning the task to his wife who does not have a medical license - ultimately causing the public health crisis.

Read more: Medical Malpractice Led to Infection Outbreak

Medical malpractice is sometimes also known as medical negligence. It occurs when a healthcare professional, or provider, does not provide you with the correct treatment or provides you with substandard treatment. If these professionals and providers fail to take appropriate action to treat your condition, then medical malpractice is said to occur. 

Based on this, a medical malpractice lawsuit makes it possible for you or your family member to receive compensation from the harm that resulted from this sub-standard treatment.

Read more: What is a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Medical malpractice is something which occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide you with appropriate treatment, omits to take appropriate action, or gives substandard treatment that causes harm, injury, or even death to you or a family member.

Medical malpractice lawsuits make it possible for you or your family member to recover compensation from any harm that has resulted from sub-standard treatment.

As of 2017, it was reported by “Medscape” that there were between 15,000 and 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States alone. These statistics can be further broken down to reveal the following:

Read more: Medical Malpractice Lawsuits on The Rise

According to a study conducted by John's Hopkins in 2016, it is estimated that more than 250,000 deaths occur in the United States each year due to some form of medical error.

What Are Medical Errors?

Read more: Medical Errors

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