When the term medical malpractice is read or heard, the immediate image that may come to mind is of a doctor or nurse harming a patient. We almost always think of medical malpractice in terms of a patient's health made worse because a doctor was careless and made a mistake that could have been avoided. However, medical malpractice is not necessarily as narrow as dealing strictly with your health, and the violations that can be considered to be medical malpractice are broader than many people think.
As Sir John Dalberg-Acton famously states in Macbeth, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Our country has a system of checks and balances in our government. Any person, group, or entity with absolute power and no accountability is bound to succumb to corruption and our founders understood this. In reality, our government is not the only system that requires checks and balances
It is comforting to know that many doctors have become increasingly cautious to avoid medical malpractice when treating patients. A fatal medical error is traumatic and often avoidable. In cases of misdiagnosis or a surgical error, loved ones can still often assign blame to the medical professional or hospital that seems responsible for a patient's death or worsened medical condition.