Medical professional negligence refers to any act or omission by a doctor which digresses from normal medical practice protocol, thereby resulting in damages or injury to the patient. Medical malpractice has become a concern in New Haven and all throughout the United States. However, many cases that are filed are found to lack concrete proof, and are dismissed.
Recently, a state Board of Medicine unanimously decided to revoke a doctor’s medical license for alleged medical malpractice. Nearly 30 patients complained about medical negligence in terms of maladministration of patient records, lenient narcotic prescription practices and so on. The case came to light when a patient died of a toxic condition allegedly due to the doctor’s excessive issuance of a prescription medication. The doctor, however, appeared before the medical board without a lawyer and protested the outcome.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are usually put through rigorous tests of proof. Medical negligence is subjected to a three pronged test. First, plaintiffs must prove that the doctor involved actually owed a duty of care to the patient. Second, the doctor must have departed from the usual practice norm. Lastly, a nexus between the injury caused to the patient and medical malpractice of the doctor must be proved.
Being a sensitive subject and difficult to prove, medical malpractice lawsuits are most often dismissed by the court. A grieving family member may not always be best suited to battle such a system alone. A medical malpractice attorney can help prove a victim’s case so that the victim of their family members can receive compensation for their loss.
Source: DailyPress.com, “Board revokes license of Newport News pain doctor”, May, 29, 2014