Medical Malpractice as the term implies, covers medical personnel and the company for Malpractice as a result of negligent acts, errors or omissions. But what does Malpractical also mean? Malpractice means any negligent act, error or omission in the rendering of, or failing to render, medical services in the conduct of the professional business practice carried by or on behalf of the insured. This is incredibly important for general practitioners, Nurses as well as surgeons that are in close contact with patients regularly.
Types of Claims it protects you against
- Legal liability arising out of negligent act, error or omission
- Wrongful or inadequate advice to a client or third party
- Acting without proper instructions or failure to act in accordance with the client’s instructions
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Case 1—-( Entity Cover)
- Pharmacist in GP gives wrong medication/incorrect dosage
Case 2 —( Specialist)
- Chiropractor paralyses patient
Case 3 — (Homes)
- Elderly resident dies due to lack of care / supervision by nursing home staff
Case 4— (Surgeries)
- Gauze left in wound, resulting in bad infection
As the cases entails, it is extremely common for such mistakes to be made. As such, it is important to be educated and covered before such incidents happen. Below are some real-life case reports from our company’s long history with dealing with such cases.
Real-life Case Reports
Permanent and Severe Damage to vision
to Ophthalmologist was sued for negligence and dishonesty, on basis that she failed to record the cupdisc ratios, which could have helped to deterioration in the health of the discs and to ultimately diagnose plaintiff’s glaucoma
The reproduction of “summaries” was seen as a attempt to disguise the original failure to diagnose. The case was settle for a high sum.
Despite 2 spinal surgeries performed on plaintiff Mr Andrew Chua by Dr Yue , he remained paralysed. monitor He sought damages against SGH and Dr Yue, for negligence. The case was successfully defended on grounds that Dr Yue had followed protocols to the best of his ability.
Widower, Mr Koo Quay Keong is seeking compensation for an alleged negligence of consultant general surgeon Dr. London Lucien Ooi in his advice, medical treatment and post- operation care of his wife, who had undergone 3 operations in July 2011 and later died.
Datuk Seri Hii Chii Kok sued Dr. London Lucien Ooi and the National Cancer Centre Singapore for allegedly telling him he had pancreatic cancer.
After he had parts of five organs removed, tests showed that he did not.
Dying stage 4 lung cancer patient, Ms Dr Noor Azlin Abdul is seeking damages from Changi General Hospital, for allegedly failing to act early on a chest X-ray taken take 2007, which showed a small spot in her lungs.
A tumor was detected in late 2011 and early 2012 reports reveal that it cancerous. She alleges that she would not. be terminally ill if CGH and its 3 doctors had not misdiagnosed the shadow in her lungs from 2007 to 2012.
Carelessness at a Cost
Fernandes was fined $10,000 for his oversight and the lack of a detailed, in person – review of the results with his in patient, who lost the opportunity to earlier appropriate follow-up action.
The patient saw a specialist only 20 months later, and was diagnosed with was colorectal cancer, and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy.
O5 June 2017 news
These are all real stories and should not be treated lightly just visit the Straits Times and they have a tag specially on medical negligence. Many of such cases amounting to more than millions of dollars. Protect your career and your livelihood. For more information, please contact us and we will provide you with a non-obligatory quotation based on your needs and details.