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Is Medical Malpractice a Threat that People Generally Don’t Know About?

The Law Office Phillips & Allen PA Nov. 20, 2022

Often, patients don’t know whether or not their doctors have been negligent. Medical malpractice is just another version of professional negligence. I do not see it as the great threat that many insurers and physicians would like us to believe; it’s just a way for someone to be compensated for someone else’s negligent conduct, and no one should ever minimize someone’s ability to do that.

Most people do not realize that very few frivolous cases ever make it to trial. Most jurisdictions require the opinion of a physician to establish another physician’s negligence. They need another doctor to say that what a certain physician did was not proper or it violated the standard of care. No case will go very far unless the plaintiff had the medical opinion of another physician in his hand, stating that the other doctor had made a mistake.

What Are Common Examples Of Medical Malpractice?

The most common example of medical malpractice is failure to diagnose, which is the kind of situation where the patient presented with certain symptoms but the doctor did not run the right tests or make the right diagnosis, but later came up with a diagnosis that showed results for something treatable that was left untreated, or which became untreatable.

Another example would be a kind of medical misadventure in which doctor did something during an operation that they should not have done. All of these situations would be extremely difficult to prove without substantial help from expert physicians who practiced in that area and had reviewed the case.

Is Nursing Home Abuse More Common Than People Realize?

It’s hard to say whether or not nursing home abuse is more common than people think. As a society we certainly have challenges when it comes to how we treat our elderly and that always seems to play a role in nursing home claims to some extent, by ignoring things in nursing homes that tend to not be ignored elsewhere.

Often, the elderly person can’t say what is going on or what is bothering them, especially if they are  suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, and the nursing home staff may not be keen enough to observe what was going on, so nursing home claims are sometimes due to a lack of observation.

What Are The Top Signs To Look Out For If Someone Had A Relative In A Nursing Home?

The top signs to look out for would be repeated injuries and repeated complaints about things that the person knew to be preventable. The person should visit the relative in the nursing home often and be observant of what is going on around them.

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