In Florida, as elsewhere in the U.S., obstetricians find themselves faced with various pressures. They are often the target of lawsuits as patients can quickly put the blame on them when their expectations of a normal birth and a healthy baby are not met. One of the most common claims in these malpractice suits is that an obstetrician's delay during the delivery process caused the injury or condition in question.
The issue is that obstetricians are often overworked and suffer burnout. Even if a lawsuit is dropped, simply facing one is a stressful experience in itself. This is why having a hospitalist available 24/7 is considered beneficial. A study from RNnetwork stated last year that nationwide, nearly half of all responding nurses were thinking about leaving their profession, mainly due to overwork.
Hospitalists are sometimes employees of the hospital, or they may have a contract with it, and their job is to take over once the physician or nurse is facing burnout or the threat of a lawsuit. Hospitalist partnerships can assist with patient management and prevent nurses from doing something beyond what they're licensed for. They could also help in providing a balanced, stable work environment for nurses.
Overwork is just one factor that victims have to consider before they file a malpractice claim. For a claim to be successful, it must be shown that a doctor-patient relationship existed and that the doctor failed to live up to an objective standard of care. Since gathering evidence alone can be difficult, victims may wish to retain legal representation.
A medical malpractice attorney may be able to request an inquiry with the local medical board and even hire investigators to gather proof. The attorney might then negotiate on the client's behalf for a fair settlement, litigating only if necessary. It's possible that the claim could cover both past and future medical expenses.