7 Reasons Doctors Get Sued For Medical Malpractice
By: Matthew Crist – 10 January 2016
When any patient goes into a doctor’s office, she is placing her trust in the doctor to provide the best possible care. When that trust is broken, patients deserve to receive a remedy. The increasing demand on a doctor’s time and the dwindling amount of time that doctors are spending with their patients means that people are not getting the care they deserve.
A recent survey by Medscape determined the top seven most frequent causes of lawsuits in medical malpractice.
Another alarming fact came out of this survey. According to the report, 42% of the doctors surveyed believe that medical organizations are not doing enough to reduce lawsuits.
I have long opposed tort reform and a $2.25 million cap on damages for medical malpractice because that is treating the symptom and not the disease. The reason people are suing is because they’ve been injured. Injured people should not be punished. Tort reform should, instead, focus on better treatment, streamlining doctor, nurse, staff, and patient communication procedures, and effective communication instead if throwing forms at patients and barking orders at them to sign away their rights. The fact that only 13% of those surveyed believed the best way to stop lawsuits was “doctors should stop making medical errors” demonstrates that the community does not understand the disease.