The patient-doctor relationship is one that must inherently rely upon the trust that the patient places in the education, expertise, and medical knowledge of the physician. The medical opinion of other medical professionals may help to improve the patient's knowledge and confidence in how to proceed. Sometimes however, a second or third opinion will reveal negligent actions on the part of the first doctor and might lead to a medical malpractice case.
Medical malpractice cases typically involve physical harm -- an injury or the worsening of a patient's condition caused by medical professionals' failure to provide treatment that meets the generally accepted standard of appropriate medical care. A single doctor, a medical team or even a hospital can be held liable in such cases.
Ohio residents may be interested in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis. An Army veteran, postal worker and father of three became paralyzed at the age of 43 as the result of several alleged medical mistakes. After hearing the case, a judge ordered the hospital to pay $8.3 million in damages. According to the victim's attorney, part of the money will be used to move him into a home that is wheelchair accessible.