Physicians who accept responsibility for treatment decisions are accountable for their medical practice errors.
The truth is this: Most of us inherently trust doctors and physicians to keep our best interest in mind and to have the ability to safely help us. This trust may not always be founded, but it’s a deeply rooted part of our culture, and even if we get butterflies before a major operation, our logic still tells us that we’re going to come out fine on the other side.
When that isn’t the case, medical malpractice can really damage our psyche and give us a deep fear of medical attention of any kind. In many cases, that is just the beginning of what happens to our psyche.
Every year medical malpractice cases in America’s most advanced cities like New York, Chicago and California, causing at least 27,000 injuries and 7,000 deaths. Eight times as many patients are injured as ever file a claim, and 16 times as many suffer injuries as ever receive any compensation. At the highest level, the estimated number of medical injuries nationally is more than one million per year; approximately 85,000 malpractice suits are filed annually.
To deter against the malpractice cases and these frightening facts and figures from the most developed country of the world, we need to know about what medical malpractice is all about.
What Is Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases occur when a healthcare provider fails to exercise that degree of care and skill required by a patient. If these standards are not followed, malpractice may have occurred. It can be generally defined as substandard treatment by a physician or other healthcare professional that directly results in physical or economic damages to the patient. “Substandard” care refers to care that violates normal medical practices.