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What are the common reasons for medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice can happen in a variety of ways, like wrong site surgical errors, misdiagnoses, medication errors and errors that happened during surgery. In most cases, malpractice claims do not result in serious injury or death and patients can recover from the errors, but in certain cases, patients can suffer debilitating and fatal consequences. For this reason, doctors should take every precaution to avoid a malpractice event. This article will discuss some of the most effective strategies doctors can employ in this regard.

First, doctors can easily prevent faulty communication errors. A lot of times, patients do not know how to fully express what kinds of symptoms they are experiencing. Doctors need to ask the right questions and spend enough time with their patients to accurately diagnose and treat them. By taking the necessary time, many malpractice events will be avoided.

Second, doctors should fully inform their patients of what to expect with regard to risks and possible bad outcomes in their medical procedures. This way, patients will know completely what they are getting into, and what risks they are assuming before undergoing a surgical procedure.

Third, doctors need to stay completely up-to-date on new medical standards and other types of training. The key issue in a medical negligence claim often relates to a doctor's failure to follow standard treatment protocols. By staying current on standard treatment practices, doctors can provide their patients with the best and most cutting edge treatment options available for their conditions.

If you or your family member was hurt by a negligent doctor, you may be able to pursue a medical negligence claim against the physician and/or medical facility where the malpractice event occurred. Speaking with a medical malpractice lawyer is an excellent way to evaluate whether you and your family have a viable claim that is worthy of pursuit.

Source: Modern Medicine, "Six ways physicians can prevent patient injury and avoid lawsuits," Susan Kreimer, accessed Feb. 05, 2016

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