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Some physician behaviors can lead to medical malpractice claims

Pittsburgh residents, who believe they have been affected by a medical mistake, know how serious and emotional this time can be. These mistakes, like a surgical error, can affect anyone and can lead to a worsened condition, even death. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights 5 behaviors that doctors may have that can lead to them becoming named in a medical malpractice claim.

There are certain behaviors that a doctor can exhibit that can impact medical malpractice claims against them. Some behaviors include a lack of communication with their patients, not being available for their patients, not being responsive to their patients concerns and not exhibiting empathy. These actions can put a doctor at risk of having a medical malpractice claim.

In addition, patients who are not happy with their doctors are more likely to sue them. If the doctor issues an apology to their patient for the mistakes they made, they are less likely to be sued.

It has also been found that just 20 percent of doctors account for 80 percent of medical malpractice claims. This can lead to some doctors with multiple medical malpractice claims made against them.

Those who are affected by a medical mistake know how unexpected and serious these injuries can be. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can ensure these victims receive the answers they need. They can review medical records and consult with medical experts to determine what happened to cause the injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. It is important to hold these negligent doctors accountable for their mistakes, so that they do not harm anyone else.

Source: BeckersASC.com, "Physician behavior impacts malpractice claims rate-5 takeaways," accessed on May 10, 2016

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