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In October 2018, Cook County (Illinois) commissioners voted to approve a nearly 4 million settlement of a medical malpractice lawsuit at Stroger Hospital, a healthcare organization that is part of the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems (CCHHS). The lawsuit stemmed from 2013 bedside pericardiocentesis that, plaintiff’s attorneys argued, should have been performed in a cardiac catheterization lab. Despite the large settlement, CCHHS CEO noted that the settlement was neither an admission of malpractice or of wrongdoing by the providers or the health system. Although it is not known how much a jury would have awarded the plaintiff, a jury verdict would have been a declaration of malpractice, which was avoided through the settlement (Pratt 2018).
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After review of the case, answer the following questions. Submit your responses to the case here.
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This case highlights the fact that healthcare professionals, in addition to physicians, are subject to professional malpractice liability. Why do you think physicians are most frequently linked with the term “medical malpractice?”
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Of the three types of negligence, which type do you think most closely describes a healthcare professional who acted too aggressively?
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Why it is likely that a much larger award would have been rendered at trial than through settlement?
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