Patients Who Receive Care from Negligent Doctors Deserve Compensation for Their Unnecessary Medical Complications
One of the most important elements in a doctor-patient relationship is trust; but while this element is a requirement that leans on the patient’s side, the doctor’s duty, which is to keep this trust alive, can only be done by provision of quality care.
The best ways of providing quality care are through timely treatment, correct diagnosis and effective medication plus taking time to really listen to patients’ complaints during initial consultation periods (many doctors have fallen into the practice of meeting and diagnosing patients only within 15 minutes, the duration of office visits accorded by many doctors to patients to enable them to meet as many patients as possible during the day).
Quality care, however, is only a byword to many present day medical professionals (such as doctors, nurses and surgeons). Failure of many different individuals in the medical field in meeting the standards of care required and expected of them results to millions of errors which, in turn, lead to serious injuries or, sometimes, patient death.
This failure is identified as “medical malpractice” and these wrong diagnosis or misdiagnosis, delayed or wrong treatment, surgical errors, birth injuries, wrongful death, emergency room errors and hospital negligence, among others.
Medical errors are definitely preventable; thus, it is a totally sad fact that despite its being such, it ends up claiming 98,000 lives in the U.S. every year (this figure is based on a study made by the government’s Institute of Medicine, which also shows 15 million yearly occurrences of preventable medical errors in the U.S.).
Often, for the purpose of seeking compensation, medical malpractice lawsuits are filed against hospitals where the medical professional, who committed the harmful mistake, is employed. This legal strategy is called “Respondeat superior,” or “vicarious liability” which means, “let the master or superior answer.” It refers to the legal responsibility imputed on employers for the harmful or injurious mistakes committed by their employees while performing their job.
According to the law firm Mazin & Associates, PC, “Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff each have the responsibility of caring for the health of their patients to the best of their abilities. If they do not apply their best efforts to every case, then tragic consequences often arise. Unfortunately, many doctors do not apply the appropriate level of care when handling patients. A doctor’s negligent actions often create additional medical complications and cost patients time, money, and even their lives. Any preventable illness is unjust, especially when a doctor, whose duty it is to maintain the health of a patient, creates it. For this reason, medical malpractice lawyers believe that patients who receive care from negligent doctors deserve compensation for their unnecessary medical complications.