People come to medical professionals and ask them to provide vital, often life-saving care, and they hope with every fiber of their being for the best possible outcome. They may even expect it, to some degree, trusting in the doctors to provide the highest level of care.
The doctors will try, but they are conscious that not every treatment goes the way that they want, and not every patient gets the results that they are hoping for. A patient with cancer may still pass away from the disease. A patient with pneumonia may never recover. A patient with sepsis may not see the type of healing their family wants. The list goes on and on.
It is important to remember that when someone does not get the outcome they want, that does not necessarily mean the doctor was negligent. The reality of the medical field is that this happens, and it happens frequently. Despite someone’s best efforts, patients and their families do not always get to see life go back to normal.
Negligence, on the other hand, is when the patient does not receive care that is up to accepted medical standards. A negative outcome may relate to sub-standard care in some cases, but it may be completely independent of that. There are limits to what medical science can do. A patient could get world-class treatment from the best doctor in their field in the entire United States and still feel dissatisfied with the result.
When doctors face malpractice claims that have no merit in cases like these, they must know what options they have.