ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

Giving Feedback

Did you find the information in this article valuable?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)