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Is Lack of Doctor Education a Factor in Medical Malpractice Cases?

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While many know that doctor carelessness is a significant factor in medical injury, it is also likely that medical schools’ lack of medical malpractice education could be a large contributor to patient injury.

Currently, less than half of all medical schools require courses for their students that focus specifically on medical malpractice. Furthermore, these classes are rarely adequate for preparing future doctors for such matters; instead of ensuring that physicians are taking steps to prevent serious injury to their patients, the courses are said to teach doctors to place lawsuit avoidance ahead of patient concern.

Several solutions may be a strengthening of both medical malpractice course requirements and the improvement of the courses themselves, along with a requirement that doctors take refresher courses throughout their careers that keep them up-to-date on both patient safety and current medical malpractice issues. In the end, of course, it is the physician’s duty, regardless of certain courses he or she may have taken, to ensure that patients are safe and that their health is the paramount matter of the doctor-patient relationship.  

If you’ve been injured due to a doctor’s negligence or carelessness, we know how both frightening and devastating the experience can be—a patient who trusted a physician to make them well may instead face a more serious complication and a host of expensive new medical bills. Knowing where to turn in such a scary event is critically important. Those who have suffered from medical malpractice should consider speaking to a personal injury attorney. Our injury lawyers have years and years of medical malpractice experience, and we know how to fight for you to reclaim the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.

You can click this link to read about a medical malpractice case in which our counsel secured a $2.3 million settlement for a serious injury suffered due to an irresponsible midwife’s birthing assistance.  

Randy E. Appleton
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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