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The History of Medical Malpractice

The history of medical malpractice extends back several centuries. In fact, the first identifiable case of medical practice can be traced back to the year 1374. It was caused by a surgeon that had attempted to repair his patient’s mangled hand. However, after the treatment, the patient’s hand still remained deformed. Unfortunately, that case was dismissed because of a procedural error.

The First Case in America

In the United States, the first instance of a medical malpractice case was in 1794, just five years after George Washington’s inauguration. In this case, the defendant argued that the physician who had operated on his wife had done so in an aggressive and cruel manner which lead to the death of the woman. The husband also claimed that the physician had promised to do the operation wisely and skillfully. Because of this, the man was awarded 40 English pounds.

Medical Malpractice Today

Many of the early cases significant in the history of medical malpractice were based on claims that the medical professional at fault had promised but failed to provide a cure. Although societal changes and standardization practices in medicine have changed the landscape of these cases, the causes remain essentially the same. If a medical professional failed to provide you with adequate care or acted in an irresponsible manner, consulting with an attorney that specializes in medical malpractice may benefit your case. If you are ever in need of a medical malpractice attorney in Florida, contact Friedman & Friedman today. Call (305) 446-6485 (toll free 800-446-6482) now to schedule a free case consultation.


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