Today, we look at the field of dentistry, and one dentist in particular who would probably make Freddie Kruger scared. The dentist isn't from Oregon, nor does he even practice dentistry anymore -- probably because of the allegations surrounding his practice -- but this story is still relevant to anyone and everyone.
The medical field is a high-stress industry. Those who are nurses, doctors and surgeons know this all too well. They have to work long, tough hours and perform incredibly dangerous medical procedures on a routine basis. But even with all of this stress, that still doesn't give a doctor the right to bully his or her coworkers and make them feel as though they can't question anything the doctor does.
It's hard to hear the phrase "medical error" and not immediately assume that the doctors and medical institutions involved were obviously and completely at fault for the incident. While it may be a leap in logic, it's a pretty safe leap. Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States -- but that doesn't mean the issue is so cut-and-dried.
Usually when you hear about a medical error, a surgical mistake, or some form of medical negligence, your immediate response is to think about the victim. So today, let's switch it around and think about the effect these medical errors -- and the medical malpractice lawsuits that they inevitably lead to -- have on the medical field.
It may seem like if medical malpractice is alleged that the fault is easy to prove. However, in many medical malpractice situations, this isn't necessarily true. Proving fault in a medical malpractice case is the single most important element in the case. No matter how tragic or unfortunate the incident in question may be, if the plaintiff can't prove that a medical professional or medical institution was at fault, then their medical malpractice lawsuit won't have any legs.
Respect is a fantastic quality, one that everyone hopes to attain or give to other people. But according to one study, respect isn't just a positive vibe -- it could also actually save your life when you're dealing with doctors, nurses and other medical staff members.