When patients contact medical professionals for help, guidance and support with their health problems, there is a certain level of expectation. The minimum expectation is that doctors, nurses, aides and hospital staff would act with integrity and a certain degree of professionalism that is conducive to providing quality care to their patients and customers.
But everyday in the United States, numerous people suffer the consequences of unprofessional conduct and medical malpractice which ranges from failure to diagnose an illness to sexual abuse.
There are many forms of unprofessional and unethical health care staff conduct that occur in our nation’s hospitals. These include:
Failure to diagnose injuries, diseases, infections
Hospitals and doctors allowing unlicensed individuals to practice medicine
Inaccurate medical record keeping
Performing medical procedures without proper training
Use of illegal substances or procedures
Working under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
Prescribing drugs excessively without legitimate reason
Failing to meet continuing education/training requirements
Physical abuse of a patient
Conviction for a felony
If you have experienced any of the above, then the physician or healthcare worker you have dealt with has exhibited unprofessional conduct and you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. When a physician or hospital falsifies record or is dishonest about your condition, that can also be classified as “unprofessional conduct.” However, disagreements may not fall under this category although it may be poor customer service on the part of the doctor or hospital.
The victims of unprofessional conduct by a medical professional can be affected physically and emotionally. Patients can become addicted to medications which they have been wrongly or unnecessarily prescribed. Illnesses can become worse when common symptoms are overlooked or misdiagnosed.
Patients who have been devastated by such unprofessional conduct do have recourse because these wrongdoers can be held accountable for their actions. A medical professional who treated you unprofessionally can be held liable for his or her actions. You could be entitled to significant compensation. If you have been the victim of unprofessional medical staff conduct in Pennsylvania by a medical professional.