Sometimes, despite our best efforts we can end up making mistakes.
This is true in life but so it is in the decisions we make in the course of our work, in the running of our business or in the rendering of our professional services.
The lapse can be due to several factors. It can be because we made a decision or took action based on what we saw as the most workable or effective one at that give time. It can be because we lack the time needed to give our best service or to provide the best product — there were just too many demands on us then from several people. It can be because we found out too late that it is beyond our capacity or ability to give what was needed. Still, it can be because we were not physically or even emotionally well that time thus we end up making a poor decision or judgement in addressing a need in that critical moment.
There may be many other reasons. But the point is, a mistake has been made. There has been a lapse or error in judgement, in deciding, in taking action.
Medical professionals can make these mistakes, too. And these can be rather costly ones for doctors. The same is true for hospitals.
In the event that there is failure on their part in giving medical services or when they make an error as they give out such services which might unfortunately cause the death, sickness or even injury of the patient, they will be held liable for these situations. Hospitals will also be held liable in such cases.
They will have to face the patient and/or their loved ones and an apology will not be enough. Something more needs to be done.
They can not just walk away from their obligation to their patients and/or their loved ones. They have to face the hard reality and do what they can to bring about an amicable resolution to the situation. They owe it to their patients. They owe it to the people who are in need of their services now and in the future.
If medical professionals and hospitals shy away or distance themselves from the patient and/or the patient’s loved ones, they can end up not only losing their trust but also those of all their other present and future patients. This is not only a present concern but one that will affect their future practice or services.
So if you’re a doctor or if you’re running a hospital or medical center, think well ahead of all your patients. Think well ahead of your profession, of your services. Consider getting a malpractice insurance now. This is for the good of everyone. Be practical, be the best for their sake and for your sake.
Say good bye to just good intentions and “if only”. Make that decision to take away fear and the prospect of future regrets.