Tuesday, 20 of March of 2018

Malpractice Protections Unavailable for Patients Who Travel Overseas for Surgery

U.S. laws generally do not apply to health care providers practicing overseas.

By John Cooper, Medical Malpractice Attorney in Virginia

In his latest blog post to our VA personal injury attorneys’ website, my colleague Jim Lewis writes that Americans who go to other countries for low-cost surgeries and medical treatments have almost no chance to bring malpractice lawsuits if they are harmed by negligent doctors, surgeons, hospitals or clinics. U.S. laws generally do not apply to health care providers practicing overseas, and even if a case goes to court, a defendant could argue that the patient voluntarily assumed a high level risk. To read more, click over to “Considering Medical Tourism? Think About the Lack of Malpractice Protections.”


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