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Assessing Doctors Responsibility in Medical Malpractice Cases

Doctor ordered to pay Child support for unwanted baby
A German court has ordered a gynecologist to pay child support for up to 18 years for a botched contraceptive implant. German media is calling it scandelous.

The device is meant to protect against pregnancy for up to three years but, according to the court, half a year after the operation, the implant could no longer be found in the woman’s body.

I’ve always been of the opinion that doctors are not gods. If there is no negligence-no drinking on the job, etc., they make mistakes like the rest of us. That’s why we have to sign so many papers before we undergo a procedure or submit to treatment.

I had my tubes tied shortly after the birth of my second child. A few years later, I had to have a hysterectomy for other reasons.

The doctor had me sign papers that goes just to the heart of this court case. It said that should I become pregnant after all of this, I would not hold the doctor liable.

I love my doctor, and chose her because she is thorough and treats people as she would want someone to treat her. When I finished reading through the main paper on this, I laughed to her and said something to the effect that if I had my tubes tied, and a hysterectomy, should I become pregnant, I would consider it an act of God.

There is stupidity, negligence and the like, absolutely. Then there are flukes/accidents.

Is it reasonable to hold a doctor accountable under such cases if s/he did exactly what s/he was supposed to do?

In my state so many OB/GYNs have stopped delivering babies because of malpractice that decent ones are hard to come by. So-so ones continue on because they can pay the insurance. The good ones take it as a personal affront and choose to get out of it entirely.

So, what do you think?