Most Minnesota residents would agree that someone who harms others should be held accountable for their actions. For instance, recently this blog discussed the number of medical mistakes that are made by doctors which result in harm to patients. These mistakes cause not only serious injuries, but deaths to occur, despite the fact that these tragic incidents could have been prevented if the proper medical care had been provided.
When Minnesota residents go to the hospital, they do so expecting to get the proper medical treatment and care to improve their condition. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as mistakes may be made during the course of treatment that can injure the patient, perhaps even worse than the initial condition that brought the patient in for treatment.
Medical malpractice is an important means of recovery for patients who suffer significant injury as a result of their doctor’s negligence. Medical malpractice litigation, however, is not always possible for injured patients. In some cases, there may have been medical error which doesn’t rise to the level of violating an established standard of medical care. In other cases, a medical standard of care may have been violated, but the injury isn’t significant enough that pursuing a case would yield enough damages to justify the potential costs and time commitment of litigation.
Let’s face it. Doctors make mistakes from time to time, and sometimes these mistakes cause serious injury or death to a patient. For some patients, there is the option of pursuing a doctor for medical malpractice if injuries are serious enough to warrant doing so. As some readers may know, though, that is not the case for patients of doctors at Veterans Administration hospitals.