Three Medical Malpractice Myths Every Medical Mistake Victim Should Know
When lawmakers were attempting to pass the Texas medical malpractice caps in 2003, they argued that medical malpractice lawsuits were causing medical professionals to flee the state in dangerous numbers. However, a new report has found that this claim simply wasn’t the case – and that the new caps on med-mal damages hasn’t significantly changed the rate of doctors entering or leaving Texas. This is just one of many medical malpractice myths that can lead to poorly-engineered tort reform and misunderstood medical mistake victims.
Let’s take a look at three common myths regarding medical malpractice lawsuits in Texas:
Myth #1: Most medical malpractice lawsuits are frivolous.
Many people are under the impression that too many people sue for medical malpractice even when doctors and hospitals are doing the best job that they can. However, the truth is that there are far, far, far more cases of medical malpractice and neglect than are ever discovered, let alone taken to court. Perhaps if more people fought in the wake of a medical mistake, the enormous issue of negligence in our medical system would finally be fully addressed.
Myth #2: Your medical malpractice lawsuit is driving up the cost of care for others.
This is a common misconception that should be stopped immediately. The cost of medical malpractice lawsuits is a tiny percentage of overall healthcare costs – in fact, they are less than one half of one percent. Some believe that healthcare costs go up because of medical malpractice lawsuits because of the cost of practicing “defensive medicine,” but studies have shown that defensive medicine is not caused by lawsuits and is not as big a problem as some suggest.
Myth #3: Medical malpractice cases are causing a shortage of doctors.
One of the main arguments for medical malpractice tort reform in Texas was that med mal lawsuits were forcing doctors to leave the state for less litigious areas. However, studies have found that this is simply not true. Another study has found that the number of doctors across America is growing each year.
Do you have a possible Texas medical malpractice lawsuit but wonder if your case is frivolous or harming the overall state of healthcare? You may wish to read more about the real cost medical mistakes and speak with aDallas medical malpractice attorney about your case. Call the Rasansky Law Firm today to learn more.