The Medical Liability Of Medical Malpractice Essay

1280 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
It started out as an ordinary sore throat. That was all; nothing more than a hoarse voice and the symptoms of a common cold. The scheduled outpatient procedure should have gone seamlessly, it being a simple laryngoscopy to examine her voice box and vocal cords. How quickly things changed. One moment the famous comedian was relatively healthy and the next she was lying unresponsive on an operating table, no longer able to breathe. This was due to a severe case of medical malpractice that occurred right here in our own country just two years ago. It resulted in the death of an American pioneer of stand-up comedy, as well as the loss of a mother, wife, and friend. This tragedy of medical malpractice is occurring far too often with too few consequences, attesting to the prevalent need for reform in the healthcare field.
Medical malpractice is defined as “any act or omission by a physician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community and causes an injury to the patient”. Medical responsibility has been practiced since the ancient Romans were around, dating back to 2030 BC when the Code of Hammurabi said that a doctor must cut off his hands if he mistreated a patient. It was carried on throughout history as evidenced in records from the 12th century that provide an uninterrupted line of medical malpractice decisions, dating to modern times.
In the United States, medical malpractice suits began to appear regularly beginning…

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