Medical Malpractice Litigation Should Not Be Legal Essay

1722 Words Oct 7th, 2016 7 Pages
In providing healthcare, there is a thin line between making an innocent mistake and changing a life forever. Regardless of the amount of experience a provider has, even the slightest oversight could potentially result in a deadly consequence. For most healthcare providers, the mere thought of an unintentional medical mistake resulting in a medical malpractice litigation triggers a state of anxiety. In the article, A Mistake or Medical Malpractice?, Ms. Latner highlights this concern by describing an actual occurrence involving a medical mistake, the response to the mistake, and the resulting outcome (Latner, 2014). As healthcare professionals, we have an ethical and professional duty to uphold with all members of society. We should demonstrate accountability for our actions even when our actions result in adverse outcomes (Renkema, Broekhuis, & Ahaus, 2014). In the hopeful event that no injury is caused to the involved patient, malpractice incidents still result in financial burdens to the facility in ways of extended hospital stays, readmission to the hospital, and legal fees. Medical malpractice litigation costs in the United States have skyrocketed resulting in inflammatory payouts to claimants who have successfully proven their case in court (Sage, 2012). Latner identifies the four essential elements required for the success of these cases in her article. These elements include the healthcare provider’s legal duty of care, a breach of the duty, the…

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