When you visit a doctor or hospital, you expect to be in good hands and treated expertly. Legally, this is defined as a standard of care, which means your doctor or other medical employee applies the same type and level of care that a similarly trained professional would under the same circumstances. If that standard is not upheld and a patient is injured, medical malpractice has occurred. Astonishingly, a recent Johns Hopkins study found that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. That’s at a bare minimum 250,000 annual fatalities, with many more injuries. Here’s all you need to know about hiring a medical malpractice attorney.