Medical Malpractice – What Motivates Me
When a person goes to a doctor’s office or hospital they expect to be treated professionally by a medical expert who genuinely cares about their health and well-being. That’s the ideal situation, and many specialists hold themselves to high standards in an effort to fit that mold. But what if something goes wrong? What if you go in for a simple surgery and come out with life-altering changes such as paralysis, amputation, or lack of brain function? Granted, these are extreme examples, but they still happen every single day—even in the best hospitals in the world.
Working as a paralegal for a plaintiff medical malpractice firm is a rewarding experience. Unlike a firm that specializes for the defendants’ side, always denying the malpractice of a doctor or medical entity, I get to work with the plaintiffs to try and provide closure to an unfortunate situation. The word malpractice is defined as “improper, illegal, or negligent professional activity or treatment.” One word that sticks out is negligent. There is a mutual trust between a patient and their doctor that the doctor will do their very best to improve the patient’s health. If the doctor violates that trust by operating outside of legal procedures, or is negligent of something on a patient’s medical record, it could negatively affect the patient and their quality of life as long as they live. We hope it never happens, but if it does, we want to be there for you to right the wrong as best we can.