What is considered malpractice?
Question Details: I've been seeing an ENT for a lump in my throat feeling that I've had for several years now. He ran some tests on me, including a CT SCAN. His notes stated that I have a polyp versus retention cyst in my left maxillary sinus. It states "Report Indication Dysphasia", which is completely unrelated to what I'm experiencing. There must have had a slip up in his report with the spelling. Dysphasia vs Dysphagia? If this is documented, is this considered malpractice?
Malpractice is not merely an error by a doctor. First, it must be medical care that is unreasonably careless; if the care itself was adequate, a typo or other de minimis mistake in a report or medical records is not malpractice.
Second, even if it was malpractice, there is no point in suing unless the error injured you in some significant way: caused you in incur large additional medical costs, or impaired your life in a noteable way, or shortened your life expectancy, etc. You can only receive compensation for actual harm you suffered, and since malpractice cases are expensive, you only sue for major harm.