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Lower risk for malpractice suits does not save money

It is comforting to know that many doctors have become increasingly cautious to avoid medical malpractice when treating patients. A fatal medical error is traumatic and often avoidable. In cases of misdiagnosis or a surgical error, loved ones can still often assign blame to the medical professional or hospital that seems responsible for a patient's death or worsened medical condition.

Any personal injury resulting from a medical condition may be suspicious, for negligence is certainly an ongoing issue among doctors and hospitals. Any mistakes on their part can lead to major medical expenses. In that event, you could be eligible for compensation and reach a settlement that helps to cover your pain and suffering.

A study conducted by a major university and a non-profit organization, which included South Carolina in its research, suggests that more lenient laws that better protect doctors from being sued for medical malpractice do not necessarily reduce costs in hospitals.

In fact, the study found that no change was found in the number of CT or MRI scans and hospitalizations ordered by doctors, which are considered two of the most expensive costs in the ER.

Doctors are still more likely to order extra tests and be extra cautious as a way to attempt to avoid situations that could be deemed medical professional negligence. They certainly want to avoid any lawsuits against them by patients or patients' families.

Even with heightened precautions, however, any negligence by doctors is still punishable. If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice in South Carolina, it is advisable to seek the advice of a legal professional who can represent you.

Source: Imperial Valley News, "Laws that protect physicians from malpractice lawsuits may not change the way they practice," Rachel Champeau, Nov. 2, 2014

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