Not often do we get to hear about a foot doctor being sued by his patient because he was negligent, but cases like these do come up. Medical practitioners are being sued by their patients who claim they have been wronged or harmed during treatment or a medical surgery. But if medical experts have to go running around in the house of law, how will they be able to uphold the promise they made of providing adequate standard of care? The medical practitioner did not intend to cause any suffering to the patient. But sometimes, things can go terribly wrong on their end as well. After all, they are humans.
If a medical expert is sued by his patient who claims to be the victim of malpractice, the doctor can be exposed to many risks including people avoiding his medical services or his medical career going down the drain. This is a shame because the medical expert spent years specializing in the field and building up a career.
So what can a medical expert do to avoid a Foot Malpractice case? There are a few things to keep in mind so that there are less chances of a Foot Malpractice case being filed against him.
The first thing a foot doctor needs to realize is when they are being sued? What are the reasons to patients going for a lawsuit? Dissatisfaction! This is the core reason to why a patient chooses to sue the medical professional. The most common of all complaints filed by the patient are;
- The Medical expert did not spend enough time listening to their concerns or examining them;
- Late appointments;
- Waiting for long hours before their turn;
- Late call returns to the patient’s phone calls;
- Late response to a patient’s medical test.
Medical practitioners should try to communicate with their patients and listen to all their concerns and complaints and work on making these issues better.
A medical expert should always practice within the bounds of the law. He should follow the level of standard of care and avoid crossing the line. Although practicing within the set rules is easier said than done, but in order to avoid a lawsuit, this is the best remedy.
When a patient goes through a medical treatment or under the knife, it is required by the expert to tell the patient how long will it take for the wounds to heal. As mandatory as it may be, a foot doctor should by all means try to avoid or resist promising immediate results. Sometimes, a surgery can take more time to heal than actually expected. And it is not the doctor’s fault if the wound is taking that much time to heal properly. The practitioner has done all he can but if there is a delay in the healing process, the practitioner cannot be held liable.