Medical malpractice doesn’t only occur in hospitals. At college health centers throughout Ohio, the risks exist that a physician could make a mistake. A misdiagnosis is not something to ignore. A college student could receive an inaccurate diagnosis of a minor illness that turns out to be a life-threatening condition. When a misdiagnosis occurs, the potential exists to file a medical malpractice suit.
Problems associated with college health clinics range from minimal care to long waits for appointments. Delays aren’t helpful to someone who needs to see a doctor right away. And a misdiagnosis could prove disastrous. However, many students have no choice due to their financial situation. Lack of funds or insurance could keep them from visiting a local emergency room.
A drawback exists with college healthcare clinics. There is a decided lack of federal regulations. Regulations on the state level may be minimal, as well. Therefore, quality of care may vary from clinic to clinic and standards might be lower than what a student or parent expects.
Questions exist regarding why well-funded colleges and universities, one with impressive fiscal endowments, offer such lackluster health clinics. No definitive answer exists as to why.
Lobbying efforts to promote improvements appear minimal. Perhaps litigation could change issues related to the quality of care. If a university suffered a significant loss in court over medical malpractice, a ripple effect might occur. However, there is no guarantee how the university system would react.
A student who suffers from a misdiagnosis could address his or her situation by filing a medical malpractice suit. An attorney could seek compensation for medical care, pain and suffering, and more.
Medical malpractice attorneys often converse with insurance companies to negotiate settlements. Such could be the case when dealing with insurers of university clinics and hospitals.