Lawsuits against medical malpractices.

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Although we place great trust in our doctors and family physicians, they are only human and can make mistakes too. Medical malpractice suits are becoming more and more common these days. Medical malpractice is seen as medication errors, improper diagnosis, and lack of informed consent. These litigations involve suits against doctors, hospitals, nurses, and other health care professionals. Most of the suits that are filed are filed against doctors who have performed a surgery or other medical procedure that has a great risk or lifelong consequences involved. The basis of these suits is sometimes argued by the physicians that malpractice suits should have reforms. In the state of Texas, there are no caps on the amount of money rewarded to a victim of a negligent doctor. On the other hand, the attorneys argue that these suits are an effective way to pay the victims for the physicians' mistakes. The reforms that were discussed would be a way to assure that the physicians are not sued for any little thing.

They would also make it difficult to file a medical malpractice suit, but only when the person is trying to cheat the law system. If indeed the person was injured, then the law would take care of the rest.

Malpractice laws were created for two reasons: one is the laws would compensate the patients that have suffered from the hand of a negligent doctor, and two, the laws would teach and give the doctors a reason to be careful and responsible.

When laws are made, they are made to get a desired amount of results. A few of these laws don't work as well as planned while others work all too well. One study in 1990 showed that 16 times as many patients suffered from injuries than received compensation for.