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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Medical Malpracitce: The Term "Injury" Defined

This is a re-post from a year ago (Apr. 5, 2011). It is good to remind ourselves of what an "injury" is for purposes of medical negligence or malpractice lawsuits.
How is an "injury" defined for purposes of medical malpractice? Here is the definition, to wit:

An injury is defined as any want of skillful care or diligence on a physician's part that sets back a patient's recovery, prolongs the patient's illness, increases the plaintiff's suffering, or, in short, makes the patient's condition worse than if due skill, care, and diligence had been used.
Church v. Perales, 39 S.W.3d 149, 171 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2000) (defining injury for purposes of medical malpractice actions).

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