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Oversight departments may help prevent medical malpractice

Medical malpractice leads to serious injuries for more than one million patients in the United States each year. It has also been reported by the authorities that more than 7,000 individuals died as a result of medication errors and another 12,000 died from unnecessary operations.

Only a fraction of these cases, however, end up as lawsuits due to various reasons, including a victim's lack of finances and his or her emotional turmoil. However, these victims and their families do not have to face the legal system alone. Instead, they can acquire the assistance of a medical malpractice attorney who will fight for what they need and deserve.

Various facts can be the basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit. One of the basic reasons found for negligence is the lack of accountability and vigilance by the managing administration in a hospital or medical facility. Hospitals may hire doctors and nurses who are inadequately trained, inexperienced, and/or have a history of medical mishaps. On top of this, many patients suffer medical malpractice during a complicated medical procedure or risky surgery, sometimes at the hands of doctor error. It is also important to note that patients are also often injured during routine medical examinations.

Some professionals believe that it would be beneficial to establish a department within medical facilities to oversee various medical procedures. The hope is that an on-site authority would ensure that no medical malpractice goes unnoticed by authorities.

Hospitals, doctors and other medical practitioners have many years of training to handle the medical issues of patients. Doctors take an oath to always make the wellbeing of their patients, and their lives, a top priority. The duty of care for any doctor is thus very high, and it must also be a united effort of medical facilities to prioritize the needs of patients above all else. In cases where hospitals and doctors fail in their duty of care, though, patients can seek professional help in order to initiate a malpractice lawsuit.

Source: Healthcare Global, "How to prevent a potential medical malpractice case," Kate Supino, Aug. 5, 2016

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