Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Podiatrist Malpractice – Is A Secret Settlement A Good Thing?

There are always two ways to settling a Podiatrist Malpractice case. Either both the parties come to terms and agree to a settlement outside the courthouse or the case goes on trial. Either ways, where there are good sides to the settlement, there are downsides as well. Cases that are settled outside the courthouse let you surpass all those troubles and worries you have to face during a trial. But then again, a settlement is mainly discreet and secretive which doesn’t sound as appealing as it may seem. 

When a Podiatrist Malpractice case goes on trial, the doctor or hospital being sued for negligence is at the risk of being exposed. They committed an act of negligence and now they are being trialed for it. Nonetheless, should they lose the case they will have to pay in millions as compensation for the wrong act they committed and for all the suffering the victim had to go through. Once a doctor is convicted of the act, people will lose faith in him and won’t go to him for treatment. Moreover, he will lose his reputation that he spent years building. But then there are chances the doctor can win the case if the victim doesn’t have a really strong backing and evidence to prove the medical caretaker’s wrong actions. If this happens, the doctor will be off the hook and won’t be punished for all the wrong acts he committed. The victim loses it all. 

Now let’s take a look at what happens when things are settled outside the house of law. When a doctor commits an act of negligence and he is informed that the victim is going to file a Podiatrist Malpractice lawsuit against him, the first thing the caretaker will want to do is settle everything secretively. Now why would he want to do that? Well, the point is simple and clear. He knows his reputation is on the line here. The risk of a trial will expose him to many other risks lurking in a lawsuit. His prior acts may be exposed. People will lose faith and trust in him. His entire medical career will go down the drain should he lose. But when the case is settled before it goes on trial, the doctor or hospital is very secretive about it and they don’t want people to know the wrongful act they committed. If the entire settlement is secretive, how will people know the wrong things the doctor did. Moreover, when the doctor hasn’t been punished for anything, he might do the same thing all over again. He might be negligent during his next case or commit a wrongful act that might harm his patient. How will that be stopped? 

Considering these factors, there are risks lurking in both a malpractice lawsuit as well as a secret settlement. But, something needs to be done either ways!

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