You Owe it to Yourself and to Others To Insist on Professional Medical Accountability

Timely and effective treatment, accurate diagnosis, and correct medication are the bases of quality care every patient is entitled to. These are a few of the reasons why some hospitals and health providers keep only reliable staff and medical professionals in their roster, because operators of these institutions know that quality treatment is what patients need and what they are supposed to provide.

This is not the case in all medical facilities, however. Sad to say, but some have even been identified either as having bad doctors or being bad hospitals because of the frequency of medical mistakes and malpractice committed in them. As a result of the lack of authentic concern to patients and the errors made in patient care, many hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals, have been named as defendants in thousands of claims lawsuits.

Medical malpractice, which refers to injuries committed against patients, is a frightening reality in the United States. Its effects include life-threatening conditions, prolonged illness or even death. Equally frightening as the effects is the fact that these mistakes are results of negligence or carelessness of medical experts which result to failure to provide the quality of care that they promised to give and which patients rightly deserve. In 2010 alone, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services made a report regarding the death of about 180,000 Medicare patients; this is a small figure, though, according to a study that the Journal of Patient Safety printed, where figures ran between 210,000 and 440,000.

One example of medical malpractice that continues to cause great harm to patients is surgical error. This includes, but is not limited to, surgery on wrong site, surgery performed on a wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure, wrong dosage of anesthesia, post-surgical complications and improper suturing. Though it is true that no surgeon would intend to commit an error, it also cannot be denied that an error committed can lead to a more serious health condition that can alter a patient’s life; a mistake can even lead to a patient’s untimely death.

According to the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD, 6 percent of the doctors are responsible for 60 percent of the medical malpractice that occurs in this country. The same few doctors are harming patients again and again. And only one of every eight cases of verifiable malpractice makes it to the legal system. Many people are reluctant to hold their doctor accountable for their negligence; but when they let them avoid taking the responsibility for their wrongdoing, they are giving them the opportunity to go on harming others with impunity. If you or someone you love suffered harm to your life or health because of a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare professional who failed to provide you with an appropriate level of care, you not only owe it to yourself—you owe it to others to insist on professional accountability.