Medical Malpractice Law By State

Medical malpractice law governs the liability of medical professionals for harm to a patient that results from an error or omission in the provision of medical care.

To prove medical malpractice, an injured patient must prove that the medical professional violated an established standard of care and that, as a result of the violation of that standard, the patient suffered an injury, such as pain, disability, loss of income, the need for additional medical treatment, or death.

Medical malpractice law is complex, and the laws governing when and how a malpractice lawsuit may be filed with a court, what evidence is necessary to support a malpractice claim, and the court procedures for a medical malpractice case, and the statute of limitations for malpractice actions, vary significantly by state.

Medical Malpractice Laws for Each U.S. State

The following documents provide an overview of medical malpractice laws by state:

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