Most people think that medical malpractice is not something that would ever happen to them. The truth, though, is that medical malpractice is actually a lot more common and prevalent than people think. Sure, there are plenty of good, qualified, caring medical professionals out there, but even the best physician can make a mistake.
It is for this reason that many are pushing for stricter medical malpractice laws in the hopes that stricter laws would spur doctors to provide even better care. Others argue, however, that stricter laws would lead to unnecessary tests, extra treatments, and higher medical bills as doctors simply try to do everything in their power to minimize the risk of being sued for malpractice.
In fact, studies that have been done on the topic do point to the fact that when stricter laws are in place, there is typically not a decrease in the amount of medical malpractice suits filed. Laws, unfortunately, cannot stop medical malpractice. Only competent doctors providing good care can stop medical malpractice.
Because there is, obviously, such a real risk of being the victim of medical malpractice, patients are encouraged to know their rights and, if those rights or ever violated or if they think they may have been the victims of medical malpractice, they should contact an attorney right away.