Anyone who works in the medical industry is responsible for providing ethical and lawful service to all patients. From a legal standpoint, you risk facing healthcare legal concerns that could lead to medical litigation if you do not observe such responsibilities.
To avoid these problems and not require the help of medical litigation services attorneys, it is important to understand and follow the four guiding principles of medical ethics.
Considered by many the main principle of medical ethics, nonmaleficence means to “first do no harm, benefit only” as quoted by Hippocrates at the beginning of what would become modern medicine. It is your responsibility to help all people and make appropriate decisions that avoid causing harm that could lead you to have healthcare legal concerns.
In this case, harm that can lead to medical litigation could include negligence, decisions intended to help that negatively affected the patient and/or other people (doctrine of double effect), and breach of autonomy.
Beneficence means to do the most you can to the benefit of your patients in all situations. Recommended choices for procedures and treatment must be intended to help that patient based on his or her individual circumstances.
This suggests that if you do not do enough or shirk in your obligation as a doctor to benefit your patient, a complaint may be filed by that patient requiring that you seek the assistance of medical litigation services attorneys.
Autonomy is your patient’s right to control their own body and make their own decisions about any treatments, procedures, medications, etc. that are suggested. While you must not harm them and do everything you can to help them, it is ultimately the patient’s decision as to whether they wish to take your advice. Even if the patient’s decision is ultimately harmful, you cannot persuade a patient about the choice to make or risk facing medical litigation issues.
Medical litigation attorneys advise that this principle requires you to be fair to all patients and be able to justify decisions you make pertaining to their care and treatment. This principle also involves the need to fairly distribute any scarce medical resources as well as any available new treatments.
When you took your medical oath and received a license, you did so with the understanding that you consider both your legal and ethical responsibilities when practicing medicine. Doing so will protect your best interests and avoid any legal concerns that could result in medical litigation. Attorneys who provide medical litigation services advise that by honoring these four guiding principles, you will fulfill your medical oath with every patient who puts their trust in you!
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