Doctor´s Caps, When a doctor, surgeon, nurse, dentist, or other health care professional neglects to meet the legal duty of care by failing to provide a level of service at or above the acceptable standard of practice in the medical industry, it is often the patient who will suffer. If a patient suffers injury or harm as a direct result of a health care professional’s negligence, shouldn’t that victim have the right to seek damages to cover injury-related costs?
Most people would assume this to be the case, as that is how it works in most personal injury cases. However, some states, including Indiana, have imposed caps on the amount of damages a medical malpractice victim can recover. These caps on damages not only harm injured patients and their loved ones by artificially limiting their full and fair monetary recovery, but, according to recent studies, Doctor´s Caps / Surgeon´s Caps they are harming overall medical care for everyone.
According to the Center for Justice Democracy, a new study has revealed that caps on damages for medical malpractice only lead to:
An increase in medical errors, as doctors and health care professionals know they will not be held 100 percent liable;
Higher health care costs for Medicare Part B, as doctors are more willing to perform so-called “risky procedures” when their personal liability is capped; Doctor´s Caps / Surgeon´s Caps and
No discernible increase in the number of total patient care physicians.
This raises a question as to why damage caps on medical malpractice should exist. Shouldn’t doctors and other health care professionals be fully responsible for their actions? Shouldn’t they be held accountable in cases in which they have failed to provide the accepted standard of care and their acts of malpractice have led to a serious injury or death?