Medical Malpractice and the Health Care Reform Bill


Medical malpractice is definitely one of the most traumatizing accident that could ever happen to an individual. Why? Medical professionals are supposed to be the people that should look after our health and welfare and because they are professionals we trust that they are very much knowledgeable with regards to the field that they have been practicing. So the idea that they might make a mistake that could result to injuries or even death, is really such a horrifying thought. Medical professionals cannot afford to make a mistake but it doesn’t that they won’t ever make one. Medical malpractice is a very common accident that takes place in a hospital. This happens in an event when a medical personnel commits a mistake, no matter how small and simple it is, that is due to being negligent and careless. Medical malpractice doesn’t only involve someone’s death due to errors, that is a common misconception. Some examples of medical malpractice are:

Prescribing the wrong medicine due to absentmindedness

Failure to check on a patient’s medical background before doing any treatment

When doctors and nurses fail to recognize or choose to ignore a medical problem that resulted to a lethal injury and in the worst case scenario, even death.

Delay in treatment

Victims of medical malpractice can file a lawsuit against the violating personnel and the hospital itself and demand for the appropriate compensation. One can file a medical malpractice claim with the assistance of a capable personal injury lawyer that specially caters to this kind of cases. You can forget about fighting this legal battle without the aid of a lawyer because chances are you will only lose. A personal injury lawyer can give you a guarantee that you will be paid with no less than what you really deserve.

Fortunately with the new health care reform bill, victims of personal injury cases such as medical malpractice have now access to a number of benefits. Traditionally victims of other personal injury cases such as vehicular accidents have a no-fault insurance that is protecting them, but unfortunately medical malpractice victims do not have this kind of protection. But with the new healthcare system bill, it is highly likely that it is going to benefit many medical malpractice victims.

First benefit is that medical malpractice victims will continue to get medical care and attention until to the point that their quality of life is better. Second, if that individual decides to file a medical malpractice claim against the responsible party, medical practitioners who are responsible in treating the individual will document the injuries that the patient has suffered and this can be used as evidence in court. Third, liable parties love to get to the malpractice victims first and make low-ball offers before they could even talk to a personal injury lawyer. They would try to settle it quickly with a cash compensation, and usually malpractice victims are desperate enough that they would accept right away. With the new health reform bill, they won’t feel as vulnerable because they are aware that they are covered by the healthcare system.