You have to go through these medical malpractice statistics to get a glimpse of the dark side of the revered medical field.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease and cancer.
In most cases, medical malpractice is attributed to misdiagnoses. At times, however, it’s a serious medical or criminal offense done on purpose. Regardless of whether it’s misdiagnoses or a deliberate attempt to fleece the patient, it is difficult to forgive an act which costs someone his/her life.
Definition: Medical malpractice is a specific legal term which defines an act of negligence on the part of a professional health care provider, which may result in further complications in the condition of the patient, even resulting in death.
It is most likely to occur when health care providers deviate from the accepted standards either by mistake or deliberately. Cases of medical malpractice range from misdiagnoses of a disease as serious as cancer, to a botched up delivery which may cause some harm to the child.
Some of the most common instances of wrongful activities in the medical field include …
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
In the court of law, the plaintiff―most often the patient or the relative of the patient―is expected to prove that the injury or casualty was caused as a result of negligence on the part of the medical fraternity, while the defendant―most often the representative of the health care facility―is expected to defend the institute against these allegations.
Of the 1,400 physicians surveyed by the Medscape Medical News, 74 percent said that the lawsuit came as a surprise for them. More importantly, 29 percent of physicians stated that they no longer trusted the patients.
Of late, doctors have started resorting to a defensive approach. Most of them recommend a series of tests to rule out the chances of misdiagnoses, which can eventually lead to complications. While that can become a matter of inconvenience for patients at times, a bit of inconvenience is anytime better than the problems associated with misdiagnoses.