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Family Trauma: How to Protect Your Loved Ones From Medical Malpractice

Updated on July 28, 2017

Medical Malpractice and Statistics

We all see horror stories about negligent doctors, but not many would expect their own trusted doctor to hurt them, through either omitting certain details or through carelessness. Medical Malpractice can occur at any stage of treatment, and for many different reasons. It could happen to you, so it's important to protect you and your family the best you can by looking out for certain warning signs and using preventative methods.

All About Statistics

In an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine on March 27, 2017, it's stated that the most common error in Medical Malpractice was error in diagnosis at 31.8% of all claims. The second most paid out claims were errors related to surgeries at 26.9%. Finally 24.5% of all paid claims had to do with errors involving medications or treatments. Plastic surgery and dermatologist cases show to be the least severe claims in a Medical Malpractice lawsuit or settlement.


Thirty-two percent of all paid claims had to do with a patient's death caused by Medical malpractice/negligence. Since 2014, there have actually been decreases in the rates of payout for medical malpractice cases. Claims against physicians have dropped by 55.7%. Pediatricians have had a staggering 75.8% decrease. The medical branch least changed by medical malpractice payouts were cardiologists with 13.5% drop. Although Malpractice is decreasing, it's still an issue that needs to be addressed. Luckily, if the worst should occur, there are lawyers that can help you get the compensation and justice deserved.

How to Avoid Falling Victim to Malpractice

When you go to the doctors office, make sure to keep an eye peeled for proof of education or experience. If you'd like, you can ask the doctor or nurse about their work experiences and education. Also, when a doctor diagnoses you, do your research. Knowing what questions to ask will help you and your remember what to look out for when it comes to the diagnosis. One way to protect against malpractice is to stick to one doctor if at all possible. The more doctors you have the more of a chance for mis-diagnosis. Should anything happen, medical malpractice attorneys are trained to get justice.

Protecting Your Loved Ones

If you are looking to make sure that your loved ones are getting the best treatment possible, you want to make sure that you go with them to the doctor. You may know some questions that your loved one won’t think to ask. This is especially common if you are taking a young child or an elderly grandparent. A lot of times they do not know or they forget to ask certain questions. This should give you an idea of the care your loved one will be receiving. Also, by being there you can help them make the right decisions or in some cases make all the decisions if your loved one is for some reason unable to make those calls for themselves.


Medical Malpractice is all around us, and happening with many people. 32% of Malpractice claims paid out had to do with a death. It's time that 32% went down and that justice get served for those who have been a victim of negligence.

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