Medical Liability Law

The decision went into effect to clear up any ambiguity about the definition of “grave medical error.” The English translation of Article 5 sets out the scenarios and criteria in which medical malpractice is considered a “grave medical error”, as follows:

Medical errors are considered to be of a serious nature if they result in the death of the patient or fetus, or the accidental removal of a human organ, loss of organ function, or any other serious damage, in addition to the availability of other criteria by which medical malpractice

A medical error is a preventable adverse effect of care whether or not it is harmful to the patient. Medical errors that lead to a patient’s death can be either due to an error, error in judgment, skill, the standard of care, delay in diagnosis, misdiagnosis, system failure, surgery error, operating on the wrong part of the body, anesthesia error, etc. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine estimates that medical error is now the third leading cause of death. Approximately 251,454 people die annually from medical errors.

Some forms of medical malpractice are misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, medication errors, surgery errors, anesthesia errors, etc. The patient needs to know when, how, and where to file a complaint. Due to the high incidence of medical malpractice, the new Medical Liability Law of 2016 which has been developed based on the existing Medical Liability Law No. 10 of 2008 has been enacted.

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