Much is said and written regarding medical malpractice lawsuits. To some, medical malpractice lawsuits are hurting the practice of medicine in New York. These people often note that New York had the highest number of medical malpractice claims paid out in the U.S. over the last decade. To many others who are familiar with medical malpractice lawsuits, recent laws have made it more difficult than ever for legitimately injured patients to get legal and financial help with their recovery. They argue that the overall number of medical malpractice claims has decreased steadily over the last decade.
For injured patients, however, the biggest concern is not the overall state of New York's healthcare or insurance systems. The relationship between a doctor or surgeon and patient is an intimate, trusting one. And nothing is more important to patients than their health and the health of their families. Medical malpractice lawsuits are therefore very personal, and filed for very personal reasons.
With that in mind, here are the top four reasons patients file medical malpractice lawsuits:
- Ensuring that the doctor or hospital does not make the same mistake again, causing further injury to patients
- Obtaining an explanation for why and how an injury occurred
- Needing financial help to pay for medical expenses that arise because of experiencing malpractice
- Holding doctors accountable for their actions
The above list is adapted from a Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings Report, which analyzed the largest reasons injured patients file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
When your health is put at risk because of a failure to diagnose, surgical error or other medical malpractice, the focus is always on getting better and understanding what happened.
If you believe you have been injured due to medical malpractice, speak to an experienced med mal lawyer to discuss your situation and legal options.