Medical malpractice lawyers don’t typically spend a lot of their time determining why medical malpractice negligence might have occurred, but rather if and when it did. This sort of information can be of great value though to patients, potential clients, and ultimately our team of some of the best medical malpractice lawyers NYC has to offer.
In a recent piece for the McHenry County, Illinois-area news site NWherald.com, Dr. Neelam Gandhi, an obstetrician and gynecologist who’s had three malpractice lawsuits filed against her, discussed what she believes is one of the biggest problems in the industry and it’s something relationships among families, friends, and significant others struggle with all the time too: miscommunication.
In the world of malpractice lawsuits, it can have dire consequences. It’s a lot harder to tell someone their loved one died due to a simple miscommunication error. Overall, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
“You like to think there’s a line between the person and the professional,” Gandhi said. “Most people become physicians because they want to help people, and obviously if something goes wrong, you feel like it’s a personal attack.”
Unfortunately, whether it’s the result of a non-malicious communication mistake or not, medical malpractice lawsuits are serious matters that require the proper legal remedy.
The fact of the matter is women make up the majority (60%) of plaintiffs in malpractice cases. As heart-breaking as it is, birth injury lawsuits are one of the most common forms a malpractice lawsuit will take. About 28,000 babies are born with a birth injury every year.
“People expect a perfect pregnancy with a perfect baby,” Gandhi said. “People don’t realize that pregnancy can be a scary medical time. There’s so many things that can go wrong.”
While ‘perfection’ might be an unrealistic standard for anything in life, avoiding simple, yet critical mistakes that can be the direct result of something as typical as communication is not only expected, but legally required of your healthcare professionals. Call the law offices of Joseph M. Lichtenstein today if you believe you’ve been the victim of malpractice or negligence.