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Malpractice lawsuits hold doctors and care facilities responsible

Many Ohio residents have probably seen multiple news stories highlighting injured patients who have filed lawsuits against their doctors and their health care facilities. While some patients are looking for monetary compensation, other people are interested in holding their doctors responsible for failing to provide proper care.

An attorney for a medical malpractice law firm in New York told the story of one woman who is a doctor herself. The woman stated that her mother, who lived in a Florida assisted living facility, had been rushed to the hospital. She was diagnosed and treated by the time the doctor arrived at the hospital. However, the mother did not recover and the plaintiff felt that this was due to the medication. She asked the doctor who had treated her mother to do a re-evaluation. The doctor refused because he stated that he was on vacation.

Another doctor was found, the mother's medication was adjusted and her health improved. While the doctor's mother was able to recover, the outcome could have been less positive had the situation not changed. Other patients who rely on their doctors for their health may not know the warning signs of incorrect medications, especially if the doctors refuse to re-evaluate the cases.

Patients who suffer injuries because of medication errors may potentially be eligible to file medical malpractice lawsuits. While there is the potential for financial compensation to cover medical costs and pain and suffering, these malpractice lawsuits have another purpose. If successful, they also may send a message that safety procedures should be reformed.

Source: Forbes, "Malpractice Lawsuits Aren't Just About Money", Steve Cohen , June 18, 2014

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