Entering the realm of healthcare, patients place an unwavering trust in the expertise of their physicians, expecting not only accurate diagnoses and effective treatments but also a commitment to their well-being.
Unfortunately, there are instances where this sacred bond can break, leading to potential medical malpractice suits.
1. Misdiagnosis and delayed treatment
A cornerstone of healthcare is the accurate and timely diagnosis of medical conditions. When doctors misdiagnose or delay treatment, they risk not only the patient’s well-being but also the foundation of trust built between the doctor and the patient.
2. Inadequate informed consent
Informed consent is more than a mere formality. It is a cornerstone of patient autonomy. Failure to provide comprehensive information about risks and alternatives violates this autonomy, leaving patients in the dark about critical aspects of their treatment.
3. Negligent prescription practices
Prescribing medications demands precision. When doctors err in their prescription practices, either by choosing the wrong medication or miscalculating dosages, patients face serious health risks. Overmedication, in particular, not only endangers physical well-being but also erodes the trust placed in the prescribing physician.
4. Failure to monitor
The duty of care extends beyond diagnosis and treatment. Monitoring patients’ progress is paramount. Any lapses in this vigilance can lead to preventable complications. A failure to monitor not only jeopardizes patient safety but also raises questions about the adequacy of the care provided.
5. Invasive procedures without justification
Invasive procedures carry inherent risks, and their necessity should always be clear. Performing such procedures without justifiable cause not only exposes patients to unwarranted risks but also fractures the foundation of trust.
In 2022, 3,062 physicians across the nation faced disciplinary action. When a doctor fractures trust, patients may rightfully seek recourse through legal avenues.