This alone should tell you about the risk you are engaging in every time you visit a hospital or a doctor’s office.
There are 7 most common reasons for malpractice claims:
1. Failure to diagnose – 31% 2. Abnormal injury – 31% 3. Failure to treat – 12% 4. Poor documentation – 4% 5. Medication administration errors – 4% 6. Failure to follow safety procedures – 3% 7. Improperly obtaining or lack of informed consent – 3%
There’s not much you can do about the prevention of medical malpractice, except to carefully choose your family doctor, but when you find yourself in dire straits and need to go to a hospital all such choice is gone. You are then left at the mercy of the medical staff, and you can only hope that someone doesn’t screw up.
What are your options and how can you tell that you were a victim of medical malpractice?
A medical malpractice is determined comparatively, meaning if there’s a deviation from the established standard of care, or if a different medical provider would have acted differently under the same circumstances, thus avoiding the worsening of the medical condition. Other medical experts need to be called in to determine if negligence indeed occurred.
Given the sheer quantity of medical malpractice claims filed every year, hospitals and insurance companies have established a well-oiled machine of legal coverage, and liability diminishment.
Hospitals count on the difficulty of proving medical negligence, as not all negative outcomes signal medical malpractice, and insurance companies usually tend to reach quick settlements before patients “lawyer-up”, or before the full extent of injuries of the patient are determined.