Legal Foundations of Health Care

When a health care professional or health care organization causes injury to a patient through negligence and or omission, it is called medical malpractice.

For this journal submission, you will need to first research an example of a recent malpractice case (within the last 5 years). You will then address each of the following: 

  • Begin by briefly explaining the responsibility of health care providers to protect their patients from harm.
  • Summarize the basic facts of the case. 
  • Identify one or more problems in the case that need to be addressed and why these might be important. What legal risks are associated with these problems?
  • What could the physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals in the case have done to avoid being sued?
  • Discuss the outcome of the case. 
  • Do you agree with the outcome of the case? Why, or why not?

    Your journal submission must be a minimum of two written pages. You must use at least one peer reviewed or academic source (other than a link to the case) that supports your opinions. All sources used must have citations and references formatted in APA style. APA formatting is otherwise not required.