It takes a good deal of courage for Providence residents to be willing to challenge the status quo. This is especially true when it comes to healthcare. Many may believe that any care given is better than none, and that healthcare providers should always be given the benefit of the doubt. The problem inherent with that line of thinking is that when patients receive poor healthcare, it almost always has drastic and sometimes even fatal consequences. Thus, it’s often left up to those patients who were the recipients of such poor care to hold those providers responsible for giving it.
An Indiana man is trying to hold his local VA hospital responsible for the poor care that he received there. The man’s case is unique in that veterans in general either lack the resources to pursue such action or choose not to do so out of fear of how it may affect their benefits. Yet after enduring separate procedures from the same doctor which both left him with a great deal of pain, the man has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility where the care was received.
No one should be expected to endure any alleged doctor negligence because of the fear of any repercussions he or she may experience should he or she choose to speak up. Poor care is poor care, regardless of the circumstances under which it was given. A failure to hold doctors, nurses, and healthcare facilities responsible for perceived poor work may only serve to perpetuate the problem. Those looking to bring action against a healthcare provider from whom they received poor treatment may wish to work with a medical malpractice attorney in doing so.
Source: Indiana Public Media “Man Sues Indianapolis VA Hospital Over Alleged Malpractice” Kat Carlton, May 16, 2014