October 11, 2013

162017_132140396847214_292624_nNo one wants or expects to become the victim of medical malpractice. No one wants to live the rest of their life with unrelenting pain, devastating disabilities, and the lack of enjoyment of life solely because a medical provider made a mistake, caused an error, was careless, was inattentive, became distracted, was over-worked, or otherwise failed to provide a minimal level of care required of him under the circumstances. No one is immune from becoming a medical malpractice victim – medical negligence occurs in every part of the U.S.: in urban areas, in rural areas, in sophisticated world-class medical centers, and in the remote medical offices of country doctors.

Instead of focusing on the reasons for substandard medical care and addressing the causes of medical malpractice to reduce unnecessary harms suffered by medical malpractice victims (which would reduce human suffering, would help to prevent the financial collapse of families dealing with the consequences of medical malpractice, and would help the U.S. deal with rising medical care costs by eliminating the need for extended and expensive medical care for the injuries caused by medical mistakes), U.S. lawmakers and ordinary citizens alike focus on re-victimizing medical malpractice victims by limiting their right to receive fair compensation from the wrongdoer and by making it increasingly more difficult to achieve justice.

Limiting the amount of monetary compensation that a young child may recover for her medical malpractice injuries that caused her to become paralyzed and resulted in her having to spend her every waking moment for the rest of her life in a wheelchair does not result in the overall improvement of medical care provided to others so that similar incidents of catastrophic injuries in the future are avoided. Big malpractice verdicts often result in big changes in the manner in which malpractice defendants conduct their business, which results in better and safer medical care enjoyed by their patients.

Shifting the costs associated with required continuing medical care due to medical negligence from the negligent medical provider, who had it within her power and ability to avoid the harms she caused to the innocent victim of her medical error, to the federal government or the state in which the victim lives is unfair and unjust for all taxpayers whose hard-earned tax dollars are burdened instead.

Medical providers who are incompetent and continually cause substantial harms to patients by providing care that fails to meet the standard of care are encouraged to continue providing destructive patient care by so-called medical malpractice tort reform laws that make it so difficult for malpractice victims to find a medical malpractice lawyer to bring a lawsuit because the restrictive laws make it so expensive or difficult to do so.

Dangerous medical providers who serially cause harms to their patients may continue to practice harmful medicine because they are able to stay under the radar of state and federal disciplinary agencies that do not become aware of the dangers because meritorious medical malpractice claims are not filed against them due to the ever-increasing obstacles preventing malpractice victims from seeking compensation for their injuries.

Medical malpractice tort reform efforts that penalize the victims of medical malpractice and protect negligent medical providers are similar to the situation where a child who brutally murders his parents and then pleads for leniency for his heinous crimes because he is an orphan – medical malpractice wrongdoers are not the victims; the misfortunate recipients of their bad medical care are the innocent victims.

If you, a family member, a friend, or someone you know may have been injured (or worse) by bad medical care in the United States, you should promptly seek the legal advice of a local medical malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case against the responsible negligent medical provider(s), if appropriate.

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