Likeable Doctors Face Fewer Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Medical professionals are sworn to protect the lives of their patients. Before beginning practice, they take what’s known as the Hippocratic Oath.
Named after legendary Greek physician Hippocrates, the Hippocratic Oath describes ethical standards that a medical practitioner ought to abide by. Although it was conceived well over a millennium ago, many medical schools include a modern version of this oath in their graduation ceremonies.
Despite this oath, doctors make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes can result in patients suffering severe injuries – perhaps even fatal ones.
When accidents like this occur, patients often have the right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.
And yet, not all patients choose to do so. Why might this be?
Positive Rapport Leads to Less Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Research has shown that a patient’s general disposition toward their physician is the greatest factor in determining whether or not they might sue for medical malpractice. Doctors that have a good rapport with their patients find themselves facing far fewer lawsuits.
If patients feel their doctor respects them and truly takes their best interest to heart, they will likely not sue. The trust that has been established doesn’t just vanish in the face of one accident. They’re willing to give an honest mistake a free pass.
On the other hand, patients who perceive their doctors as being incompetent, disrespectful, or careless tend to sue without a second thought. They might even sue for minor negligence. Whenever the opportunity arises, these patients pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit at the drop of a hat.
Lawyers With Experience in Dealing With Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
At the law offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, we know how to handle medical malpractice claims. If you feel your doctor has acted negligently and caused you injury, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help you determine if you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Call us today to discuss the details of your case.