Those who are truly committed in the medical profession know that timely and effective treatment, accurate diagnosis and correct medication are the basics of quality care every patient is entitled to. These are some of the reasons why some hospitals and health providers keep only reliable staff and medical professionals in their roster, because operators of these institutions know that quality treatment is what patients need and what they are supposed to provide.
Many hospitals, doctors and other medical professionals, however, have been recipients of a great number of legal claims for damages because of medical malpractice. An article on the website of the Law Offices of Paul Levin defines medical malpractice as the legal term that refers to the injuries committed against patients; injuries that can have minor or life-altering effects, such as a prolonged illness or a life-threatening condition, respectively.
Medical malpractice is an alarming reality in the US and in all parts of the globe and so many of those who are involved in the health care business are guilty of negligence or carelessness when dealing with the patients they accept under their care. The Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services reported, in 2010, the death of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone. A study published in the Journal of Patient Safety says, however, that the total figure can be more than double – between 210,000 and 440,000.
One of the worst errors committed by medical practitioners is surgical error. This includes, but is not limited to, surgery on wrong site, surgery performed on a wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure, wrong dosage of anesthesia, post-surgical complications and improper suturing. Errors may not be intended, but one cannot deny the fact that many of these errors lead to more serious health conditions which can totally alter a patient’s life; some mistakes even lead to a patient’s untimely death.
Surgery is usually taken as a last remedy, considered only when all other forms of treatment fail. Though a risky procedure, a patient can but just put all his/her trust on the surgeon and the surgical team. It would be a major violation of such trust if any wrong happens during or within a certain period of time after the procedure.
Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C., a law firm based in Wyoming, gives a clear view on its website of the effects of an injury, especially a serious one. It mentions not only the physical and emotional trauma an injury causes in a patient, but also the financial burden it can create. In justice to victims of medical malpractice, the law allows them to receive compensation, from the guilty party, which will cover their present and future financial needs and losses.