Medical malpractice is the professional negligence by a healthcare provider of professional in which the treatment that was provided to its patient was substandard and caused harm, danger, injury, or even death to the patient. For many of us, we will not see the hospital at in a year if we are healthy. But, if one finds themselves in the hospital for injury or disease, it is important to understand medical malpractice and be aware of it. When at the hospital, we all know to let the doctor do his job and take his word on what his diagnosis and prescription is. However, when looking at the numbers of medical malpractice, it makes one think otherwise. But when thinking otherwise, what should one keep their eye out for. Most commonly medical malpractice exists usually in mis diagnosis, medication dosage, health management and rehabilitation, and aftercare treatment. Here is some advice to stay informed about medical malpractice before you go into the doctor. However, it is still recommended to let the team of doctors do their job and don’t jump to conclusions.
The key point to keep in mind when at the hospital is, was the doctor or team of doctors reasonably skillful and careful. This is what is commonly brought up in claims of negligence and is pretty self-explanatory. Of course, every medical situation varies greatly; negligence usually results in un-timely treatment, or causing or furthering an injury. Most common legal medical suits occur because the physician caused physical pain, mental anguish, additional medical bills, and lost work and lost earning capacity. The key to catching mal practice is to be reasonable and unbiased. This is many times difficult for a patient to achieve because of the distress of their injury or illness.
It is recommended to have someone close to the patient observe the actions the doctors perform and make record of it. One of the most common forms of malpractice is failure to diagnose and personal records will help to prove this. Another common form of malpractice that personal record keeping can help prove is when the patient is not informed of the potential risks of different procedures and treatments. Finally, it is important if one thinks they were neglected by medical malpractice, to file a claim soon after. Each state has a required time limit in which a claim is supposed to be filed. If the claim is not filed soon enough, the courts will drop the case regardless of factual evidence.