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What causes medical malpractice?

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

A recent study circulated by a risk management organization affiliated with Harvard’s medical facilities examined several reasons doctors get sued for medical malpractice.

The study primarily examined physicians who practice what the study labelled general medicine. Practitioners of internal medicine or family medicine might fit into this category.

This group faces a relatively large number of medical malpractice claims when compared with other specialties. Insurance companies also pay billions of dollars in connection with these claims.

According to the study, the single leading factor in medical malpractice claims against general physicians involved the doctor’s failure to evaluate a patient correctly or thoroughly.

Although the study does not discuss it, there are many reasons why a physician might not thoroughly examine their patients.

Sometimes, doctors are simply too busy to take the proper steps. They also may be facing personal problems or could just be experiencing tiredness or burnout.

In other cases, a doctor may themselves be the victim of small thinking. In other words, they might make assumptions about their patients without thinking twice about whether their assumptions are correct.

Of course, there are a handful of doctors in New York who are dangerous and just should not continue to practice medicine.

Poor communication also plays a role in many malpractice cases.

For example, frequently medical providers failed to communicate with each other or keep proper records about their patients’ conditions and treatment plans. This led to the loss of critical information and contributed to mistakes.

Whatever the reason, doctors are responsible for their negligent medical errors

New York City doctors do make honest mistakes for many different reasons. However, the law still makes them financially responsible for their negligence.

Victims of medical practice may be able to recover their losses through a medical malpractice lawsuit.