Medical Malpractice In the United States

There is something you probably don’t know about the health care in America. We are the land of the free. We are the land of make your own choices. We are the land of hope. Which means we are the land that allows our doctors to make their own rules – to an extent. I know that sounds crazy. However, I want you to think about the fact that we allow each state to govern their own medical laws. They vary from state to state. Why is this crazy? Other countries have one board that rules all their doctors in the country. The benefit, less medical malpractice.

How do States play a role in Medical Malpractice?

Let’s put this into another scene. Let’s say that you live in California. You get sick. So you go to the doctor. You get meds. You get tests. Then you move. You move all the way across the country. Now you have different insurance, different doctors, and different hospitals. In theory, your charts are supposed to go with you. If they get lost, or your doctor forgets to chart something, then your new doctor has to start from scratch. If you have a set health care for the country, this is a lot less likely to happen. Neglect is not as likely to happen.

How Does This Affect Medical Malpractice Claims?

Each state has law that tells the court how long you as the victim has to file a claim. You have to prove neglect. If you have been bounced around from doctor to hospital and back again then you may not have the files you need to make that claim. It could take years to prove your claim, and then you may be out of time. Medical Malpractice is simply not as easy as it should be. The victim should have a voice, but in some states the victim has to give their life and the family has to be the voice.

From Good Samaritan Laws to Wrongful Negligence, there are so many rules and regulations that it can get very confusing for the average person. It is said to be the reason that people get overlooked, untreated, or why people drive by that car wreck instead of stopping. Yet if a doctor doesn’t stop, he can be in the wrong to the point of a lawsuit – in some states.

What Can You Do?

You can protect yourself. You can can keep your own files. You can request everything be made online. You can be responsible for your own health. Yes, medical malpractice can ruin your life. Yet, you can get back on track. Find a good lawyer. Find a team that will work with you to hear your story. You coming forward with what happened to you or someone you love can keep someone else from going through the same kind of pain and trauma. You don’t have to be a hero. You just have to raise your voice and take back what has been taken from you.