I Stand For Accountability
October 27, 2020
What do I stand for? I stand for accountability. Since childhood, I have not been able to tolerate people who do the wrong thing and think they can get away with it.
I have chosen to focus part of my legal practice on medical malpractice because, at times, there is a lack of accountability in the health care industry. Doctors and hospitals sometimes do the wrong thing and do not always want to be held accountable.
The latest estimate in a study by the medical team at Johns Hopkins University is that medical negligence kills more than 250,000 Americans every year. The Johns Hopkins study estimates that medical negligence is the 3rd leading cause of death in our country, but few know about it. There’s no picketing and no legislation to try to prevent these deaths. We can do better.
To do better, we must fight to hold those who harm us accountable. There are four steps to accountability:
- Establish there was a clear expectation.
- We all expect that our medical providers will act to keep us safe from harm.
- Demand an explanation as to why.
- In medical malpractice cases, why was the patient not kept safe?
- Show the impact.
- Medical malpractice affects the person, the family, and our community if the malpractice continues
- Reaffirm the expectations through consequences.
- In my cases, a significant monetary award.
My goal is not to disparage hospitals or doctors; they do remarkable things for the majority of us. When they are wrong, they must be held accountable just like the rest of us. Holding them accountable through significant monetary awards is the only way to get their attention and drive change.
The health care industry is a rich and powerful one. 1 out of every 5 dollars in our country goes to the health care industry. Like any other rich and powerful industry, they only change when their behavior costs them lots of money. If they are not held accountable, they do not change. So my clients and I hold the industry accountable one case at a time.
This is what I believe in. Accountability is what I stand for. What do you stand for? Let’s talk about it.