For medical malpractice claims to be considered legitimate, they must pass three conditions: violation of the standard of care, injury-causing negligence, and negligence resulting to significant damage (such as death or loss of livelihood).
These claims may be caused by a range of reasons, from a simple misdiagnosis to improper use of surgical devices, such as Adson bipolar forceps. The effects of these cases to claimants have been thoroughly discussed.
Here is a list of these claims’ consequences to healthcare professionals:
Healthcare professionals who have been on the receiving end of malpractice lawsuits are more susceptible to depression and have a higher suicide rate. Due to the emotional turmoil that they experience, they return to their regular medical practice with less joy and enthusiasm, as well as tend to regard their vocation as something akin to a battle zone.
Medical professionals receive an average of one claim for every seven years of practice. Some 50.7 months of a 40-year career in the medical field are devoted solely to facing malpractice cases. These lengthy legal processes prior to resolution cause healthcare workers undue stress and fatigue.
Civil or Criminal Liability
Those considered liable need to either provide plaintiffs with financial compensation as determined by a civil court or if convicted of gross negligence that led to death, render jail time as deemed fit by a criminal court.
If you work in the medical field, this list can sound like a cause for mind-wracking concern. In the end, however, a medical malpractice claim is totally avoidable. By practicing utmost care and professionalism in your job—doing things by the book and using only trusted medical supplies—there is no need to worry about potential plaintiffs disturbing your practice.