Patients hurt in medical malpractice can commence a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover compensation for their injuries. If the patient dies from the medical malpractice, the estate can commence a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for the family’s loss. This includes lost income, support, finances, and other damages.
Doctors know that medical malpractice occurs. Other healthcare professionals such as technicians, nurses, and other assistants also know that medical malpractice occurs. They actually see it sometimes and even have to fix its mistakes other times. And if you call the right coworkers as witnesses, they will be able to help identify the mistakes and testify to them.
But doctors don’t want you to know that medical malpractice cases scare them. It bothers them a lot. It can really affect a doctor’s premiums and even his or her ability to get new jobs, sign a contract for new privileges, or continue being an attending. Certain mistakes by healthcare providers also result in they inability to continue practicing medicine and to have difficult with the office of medical conduct and professionalism which monitors a doctor’s license. This could mean hearings or interviews to discuss mistakes.
Doctor’s also don't want you to know that you can get them to turn on each other. Some injuries are so obviously medical malpractice that it becomes a blame game. Most times the anesthesia team and the surgical team will point fingers at each other. You can use this to your advantage to help prove your case. If the injuries occurred while you were under their exclusive control, you were anesthetized, and the injuries wouldn’t happen but for negligence, you can use the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur against them. This means you will win your case but the defendants will have to fight it out to determine who is liable for the mistake. After all, they were there and you were under anesthesia.
Healthcare providers don’t want you to know that their reporting and medical notes are sometimes form notes. And sometimes it auto-populates into a medical record with a click of the button. This does not mean that the healthcare provider actually put the notes into the medical record or even read them, or provided them to the patient. This could really hurt a case fi the healthcare providers failed to read those notes or accidentally uploaded the wrong one. The reverse is true when medical providers utterly fail to document anything. There is a saying amongst healthcare providers that “not documented, not done.” This means that if the provider cannot locate it in the records then it did not occur.
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