Healthcare law firms can be a valuable tool for many businesses and individuals. As technology has advanced over the past decade, modern medicine has increased in complexity. While technology brings many benefits to doctors and their patients, it can also increase a physician’s exposure to malpractice. Legislation and regulation surrounding the innumerable areas of practice and corresponding standards change on a frequent basis. This can prove to be overwhelming for many practitioners and administrators.
New screening methods, diagnostic tools, and survey methods expose healthcare professionals to higher levels of risk. Since many patients use multiple doctors to confirm a diagnosis, a misdiagnosis can be grounds for a malpractice suit. In today’s litigious society, a malpractice suit can cost millions of dollars for a physician, raising their cost of malpractice insurance significantly, as well as damaging their professional reputation. This unfortunate scenario can occur more easily than many doctors realize.
In some patients, a rapid diagnosis and treatment may lead to negative symptoms. Many branches of medicine such as oncology require the use of dangerous treatments. One of the main courses of action for cancer patients is radiation therapy and drug-based chemotherapy. While these treatments can be effective at killing cancer cells in the body, they also put high levels of physiological stress on a patient. In some cases, chemotherapy can increase a patient’s risk of death or illness. While chemotherapy is the best course of treatment for these patients, it can expose healthcare professionals to excessive risk.
Any treatment with a high degree of risk exposes doctors to potential lawsuits. In present day, conducting medicine without legal representation can be a poor financial decision and can put not only your patients’ health and well being, but their privacy and personal medical data at risk. Any and all of this can be grounds for a lawsuit. In addition to high expenses, litigation wastes time that healthcare professionals should be spending those who are really important: patients.