Doctors are entrusted with peoples lives every day. But what happens when a doctor fails to perform his duties in accordance with his position and a patient is injured, or worse, dies?
How do you improve patient safety when tens of thousands of people die each year as a result of medical malpractice or medical negligence?
The New York Times wrote an article about this very question.
Most people believe that the best way to reduce malpractice and negligence lawsuits is to analyze information about past cases and try to improve future medical care. However, many believe that the threat of being sued has caused medical providers to not be willing to share case information that may identify mistakes.
New studies have shown that medical-related lawsuits are actually helping patient safety and influencing how hospitals are responding whenever a patient is injured or dies at the hand of their physician.
How are Medical Facilities in Arizona Responding to Malpractice Lawsuits?
Many hospitals are apologizing when errors occur, and are more willing to discuss and learn from errors with hospital staff. Hospitals have also found that disclosing errors to patients and offering early settlements reduces the costs and frequency of litigation. Hospitals are also integrating information from lawsuits into patient safety efforts. Hospitals are analyzing lawsuit data which is proving useful to identify and address errors. The truth is that lawsuits can reveal previously unknown incidents of medical errors and errors that have not been reported by medical providers. Thus litigation is serving as an important teaching tool for our hospitals concerning patient safety.
Medical malpractice cases are not easy to file and are very costly. Therefore, many lawsuits are not filed – so these errors continue to happen. In fact, our legislatures are making it even harder to file malpractice suits. One example is the requirement under A.R.S. § 12-2603 that requires a party to certify at the time a case is filed “whether or not expert opinion testimony is necessary to prove the health care professionals standard of care or liability for the claim.” This statute becomes problematic because expert testimony is expensive and may require a Plaintiff to hire an expert on the onset of new cases. The purpose of this law is to curtail the filing of frivolous lawsuits against health care professionals and the filing of frivolous non-party at fault designations by health care professionals.
Even though malpractice lawsuits have helped hospitals and doctors learn from others mistakes, our legislatures are compromising patient safety efforts. So before you cringe your teeth the next time you hear that a case of this nature has been filed, know that this lawsuit may be improving the way you will be treated as a patient in a hospital.
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The lawyers at Gonzales & Poirier have successfully represented hundreds of clients. Each case is handled with extraordinary care. The client’s interests are priority, not the lawyers. We almost always cut our fee to make sure you receive as much money as possible in any settlement. Sure there are times that our firm will not reduce our fees, but these are cases where we expend hundreds of hours of attorney time. Otherwise, we want you to have a good experience. Our firm handles all types of accident cases such as automobile and motorcycle accidents, truck and bus accidents, slip & fall, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other types of personal injury cases. We handle cases in Flagstaff, Holbrook, Winslow, Williams, Sedona, Cottonwood, Prescott and other parts of the State. Please call us today if you have any questions at (855) 774-5400.