Medical Malpractice

When someone visits a doctor’s office or hospital, they usually do it because they’re experiencing an illness, suffering from an injury, or undergoing some other physical problem.  During that visit, that person places their health, and sometimes their life, in the hands of a physician or surgeon expertly trained to administer care.  Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes happen even with experts, and at other times this trust is misplaced.  Studies conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reveal that the majority of medical errors are preventable.  According to a recent Healthgrades study, preventable medical error accounted for an average of 195,000 hospital deaths in each of the years 2000, 2001, and 2002.  These shocking statistics highlight the need for even ordinary patients to learn how to better protect themselves and their family when seeking out medical care.

Many factors can contribute to healthcare errors and medical malpractice.  Lack of knowledge or board certification, inattention to detail, over-extended schedule (seeing too many patients to devote enough time to each one), poor communication, illegible handwriting, improper documentation, inadequate nurse-to-patient ratio, hiring incompetent staff, or simple carelessness are all potential causes of injury.  With so many contributing factors and such severe consequences, the problem of medical malpractice can be extremely difficult to combat.  The best way for you to avoid falling victim to medical malpractice is to educate yourself about every level of the process, and learn how to take steps to avoid situations that may make you susceptible to a preventable medical error.

InjuryBoard has compiled the following information to help you and your family avoid the pitfalls of potentially dangerous medical malpractice situations.  By using these articles as a guide, you can learn about the serious consequences of medical errors, some important questions to ask when choosing a physician, what to do if you’re injured by medical error, and what you need to know about the legal process in medical malpractice cases.

To help you stay safe and learn more, the valuable information in this Help Center is broken down into five easy to understand articles:


In each of these articles you will find expert analysis, key strategies, and bottom line advice to help you face the issues surrounding medical malpractice.  By reading and putting this information into practice, you will become better-equipped to tackle any medical error problems you may face, and hopefully be able to avoid medical malpractice all together.

How to Stay Safe and Avoid Medical Malpractice

Uncover common medical errors and learn practical steps to help you and your family stay out of harm's way

Finding the Right Doctor

Find out how research and the right questions can help you find more qualified doctors and warning signs you should look for during your first visit

Malpractice - What To Do When A Doctor Gets It Wrong

Discover how to deal with medical mistakes and learn practical steps you can take when you've been hurt

Medical Malpractice and the Legal Process

Learn what you should look for in an attorney and find out more about how the legal process works

Tort Reform and the Effect of Medical Malpractice Caps

Learn more about "Tort Reform" and the sometimes surprising effects malpractice caps have on healthcare

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10 Reasons to Move On From Your Current Doctor

1. Lack Of Confidence In Doctor's Ability
2. Lack Of Continuity Between Visits
3. Questions Are Not Welcome
4. Doctor Is Not Forthcoming
5. Doctor Is Cold And Unsympathetic
6. Excessively Long Wait To Get An Appointment
7. Doctor Is Always Rushed
8. Inconvenient Location
9. Cost is Not Covered By Your Insurance
10. Doctor Is Not Respectful

Source:  About.com / Health

Read the InjuryBoard.com article:  Finding the Right Doctor