Attending the doctor is no fun, particularly if your visit is because of a particular complaint, rather than a timely check up. The only thing that makes the whole thing less scary or uncomfortable is that we are, at least, placing ourselves in the hands of skilled professionals, who have our best interests at heart. While this is true of most doctors and other healthcare providers, there are some less dedicated than others, so in order to protect your health and avoid becoming entangled in a medical malpractice suit, it is wise to check your doctor’s credentials before submitting to an exam.
It is true that a large portion of medical malpractice suits arise from unfortunate errors rather than malice aforethought. This fact, however, does not alter the impact that such errors can have upon the life and health of the patient involved. Carelessness might be an unfortunate side effect of the long hours many of our healthcare providers work, but it remains unacceptable, particularly to those whose lives are irreparably altered as a result of such an error.
Medical malpractice suits are not, as sometimes portrayed in the media, a patient’s way of finding revenge against the medical system that treated him unfairly. Such negative stereotypes only deter innocent people seeking the help they deserve. These suits are a way for an aggrieved patient to receive financial compensation for the wrong that was, perhaps unwittingly, carried out against them, financial compensation that is usually spent on adapting the patient’s lifestyle to match his or her new circumstances. After all, no amount of money can undo what has been done. Medical malpractice suits are not a way of solving problems, they simply help alleviate the pain and suffering that has been caused.
Medical malpractice does not have to involve headline-grabbing mistakes; though the definition varies between states, malpractice can be constituted by negligence or disregard. If you are in doubt as to whether your case might be suitable for this kind of legal suit, it is always wise to contact a lawyer. And try to prevent this kind of unfortunate incident happening to you – be sure to check out your doctor’s background before proceeding with treatment to ensure that you really are putting yourself in safe hands.