A Psychological Malady: The Medical Malpractice Stress Syndrome

A Psychological Malady The Medical Malpractice Stress Syndrome
Practicing medicine affiliates chances of being subjected to malpractice claims. During times of such trouble, even if the sued physician is guilty or not about all allegations being thrown towards him or her, still, experiencing this ordeal creates personal assault particularly on his or her credibility as a professional. Thus, severe damages – especially with the sued medical practitioner’s physical and psychological health – are anticipated to follow. Severely, this will not only affect them but also the people who seek for medical attention which are their future patients. Thus, determining the effects of medical malpractice claim to the said practitioners is necessary.

Generally, medical malpractice creates serious damaging effects to most alleged physicians and surgeons by means of putting them into struggles of psychological malady characterized as the medical malpractice stress syndrome (MMSS). Primarily affecting their ability to provide quality health care services to all patients, it is truly saddening that MMSS cases are often neglected. As the medical industry continues to grow, occurrences of medical malpractice which causes MMSS conditions are figured out by some researches as the third leading cause of death in the United States recording an estimate of 160,000 deaths annually.

There are a lot of symptoms that are associated with this certain condition but chronic anxiety and depression tops them all. But to extensively convey public consciousness, any physician or surgeons in the midst of a malpractice claim and is experiencing MMSS will most likely encounter major several related physical and mental symptoms. These are divided into four divisions which are listed below.

Isolation. Physicians and surgeons who became subjected to malpractice claim tend to have a sense of feeling alone particularly in defending himself. Also, the shame that comes with such complaints are taken seriously by these medical practitioners which makes them to fear reaching out for other colleagues’ support and help. They also lose hope about the future of their career that greatly affects their work. This is not good because sustainable intellectual discussions within them can result to more learning about their chosen field.

Negative self-image. Similar with the aforementioned reasons why sued physicians and surgeons fail to perform their tasks and responsibilities as medical practitioners in an excellent manner is the reputational damages that were brought by the said claims. These medical practitioners absorb a sense of defeat even if they are not proven liable for the accusations. Therefore, they acquire lesser self-confidence and to make things worsts, instances of suicides were recorded.

Emotional impact. Given the fact that encountering lawsuit is guaranteed as beyond stressful situation, physicians who suffers from MMSS are also dealing with multiple illnesses composed of anger, tension, mood-swings, unexpected emotional bursts, frustration, irritability, and also gastrointestinal and chest pains. Experiencing these particular symptoms of malpractice stress is not good especially for medical practitioners since their work environment requires calmness to be able to perform every activities well.

Severe fatigue. Meanwhile, physicians and surgeons also may suffer from fatigue after they had been sued for malpractice claims. As a matter of fact, they could greatly suffer unpleasing changes involving their good concentration, healthy appetite, as well as decreased libido. In addition, these medical practitioners are also prone to have lack of interest and exhaustion about their work which can alarmingly affect the quality of the medical services that they are able to provide prior their tangled conflict involvement.

Furthermore, physicians and surgeons who are suffering from medical malpractice stress syndrome or MMSS are prone to poorly practice their collective duties such as giving an appropriate dosage and medication, ample consciousness in all surgical procedures, releasing right diagnoses, preventing fatal infections and more towards their patients.

LA County to Pay $198K to Settle Mastectomy Lawsuit

The Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors has recently agreed to pay $198,000 to a woman who filed a lawsuit after going through an unnecessary mastectomy procedure believing that she had breast cancer.

Medical Malpractice Woman gets $198k for unnecessary mastectomy

The county acknowledged it failed to review the biopsy specimens, resulting in the unnecessary mastectomy. (photo credit: cbs)

The unidentified woman claims that Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center failed to re-examine her and review her biopsy specimen before she went through a double mastectomy procedure after an outside pathologist determined that she had cancer.

After the woman’s reconstructive operation, a pathologist from the hospital examined the tissues from her breasts and discovered that she, in fact, did not have breast cancer.

The woman then filed a lawsuit, which is likely to be medical malpractice, against the hospital who in turn improved their policy by making sure that in-house pathologist will first review the biopsy done by outside pathologists.

This case clearly shows the accountability of each hospital and care providers to their patient. The woman shouldn’t have gone through and live with such a painful and traumatic experience had the doctors determined that the outside pathologist was wrong in his diagnosis.

Jury Awards $29 M in Wrongful Death Suit against Nursing Home

Medical institutions and health care providers must always put their patients at the top priority in order to avoid facing lawsuits that may eventually threaten their financial stability.

A jury has recently ordered Colonial Healthcare located in Auburn to pay $28 million in punitive damages and $1.1 million actual damages for the death of an elderly woman placed under their care.

The demised, a 79-year-old Stockton woman named Frances Tanner who suffered mild dementia, was said to have broken her hip after a fall accident and suffered bed sores which eventually killed her.

Tanner’s daughter, Elizabeth Pao, filed a lawsuit alleging negligence and elderly abuse of Colonial and its parent company, Horizon West of Rocklin, which led to the death of her mother. She claimed for loss of companionship and pain and suffering caused by the death of her mother.

Colonial had faced other similar charges in the past and should have improved their services to their patients so that they won’t have to face lawsuits like this.

Jackson’s Doctor to be scheduled for Preliminary Hearing

Michael Jackson’s doctor became a celebrity himself after his negligent actions allegedly resulted to the star’s death.

Dr. Conrad Murray has been scheduled to return to court on April 5 for the date of the case’s preliminary hearing to be set. In this stage, the pieces of evidence that show the doctor’s “gross negligence” as the actual cause of Jackson’s death will be revealed by the prosecutors.

The controversial doctor is accused of providing Jackson a fatal dose of Propofol that will help the star sleep.

He pleaded not guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge and was released on a $75,000 bail.

If proven guilty, the doctor can spend up to four years in jail.

Victim Won’t Get Full $16.5 M Jury Verdict

A paraplegic and his wife have recently been awarded by a Riverside jury a total of $16.5 million for a medical malpractice lawsuit they’ve filed against a neurosurgeon in South California.

But he won’t get it all. An existing California law limits a $3.75 million portion of the verdict to only $500,000.

Trent Hughes was involved in an accident in Arizona and was airlifted to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs as he was feeling tingling in his feet and searing pain on his lower back.

The neurosurgeon on-call at the time of the accident, Christopher Pham, examined Hughes a day after the accident and delayed the much needed operation that could have saved his legs.

The operation happened in November 4, two days after he was brought to the hospital where he should have been examined by Pham immediately.

Hughes’ lawyers say that the delay of the operation caused irreparable damages that led to the victim’s paralysis.

Hughes, who owned a Phoenix air-conditioning company, earlier reached a settlement with the hospital for the harm he suffered.

Even if a portion of the verdict is greatly trimmed down, it would still provide him of a much needed compensation for the damages he suffered in the hands of a negligent doctor.