It’s not an everyday occurrence, but when it does happen the results can be catastrophic to not only the doctor, but the medical facility as well. We’re talking about surgical mistakes here, folks. People need to understand that medical science is not precise nor error proof and often the law does side with the medical profession in that a doctor cannot always be held accountable. Sometimes even if certain prescribed treatment or surgical procedure does not work for the patient. However, if you turn the coin over, you may see a different picture and view. If a patient is injured at the hand of the attending physician or other medical professional, negligence, or at the very least the minimum standards of care, can leave the door wide open for a medical malpractice suit from some legal authority.
Defining malpractice and law suits therein, boils down to one scary word for most any medical practitioner: NEGLIGENCE! Ergo, indicating that the patient was in fact harmed because the attending doctor failed in his or her duties, to meet the basic standards of skill and care. That said the game isn’t over yet for either party. Actionable legal action will require proof of negligence, which could be another story entirely. But if the surgical mistake of removing the wrong kidney or arm was proven in court, a law suit will be the least of the doctor’s conundrum. Loss of a medical license and future income, along with the shame and embarrassment that follows, would be a heavy load to carry for a surgical mistake.
Damages that may be awarded include: medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other ancillary costs. Is it no wonder that doctor’s, regardless of his or her practice specialty, carry a heavy dose of liability insurance for protection.