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The basis for a malpractice claim is that a medical provider made an error which would have not occurred given the expected standard of care under similar circumstances. If a patient receives sub-standard care from a medical professional and it results in harm to the patient, it may be a case of malpractice. Errors that could lead to malpractice typically stem from poor judgement by a medical professional or when a medical professional improperly performs a treatment.

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In May 2016, Lewis Christman was flying from Chicago to Rome when he suffered a bout of acute pancreatitis. He curled into a fetal position on the floor. He spent the next seven hours in agony while the plane flew on. The next three months, he spent in hospitals.

This month, Christman sued, accusing United Continental Holdings Inc. of ignoring a recommendation from a doctor on board to divert the flight and failing to contact medical consultants on the ground. It was another round of bad publicity for United and one that draws scrutiny to how U.S. air carriers treat passengers in distress and the pressure to keep flights in the air.
 

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