Medical Malpractice and Fair Treatment in the Time of COVID-19
On November 29 of last year, Dr. Susan Moore tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to Indiana University Health hospital. In a Facebook video from December 4, she said her doctor downplayed her symptoms, withheld medicine, and worse. Was it medical malpractice?
Treatment Improves, But It's Not EnoughAfter her video went viral, Dr. Moore was “adequately treated” (her words), and eventually discharged. Unfortunately, just over two weeks from the date she posted that Facebook video, Dr. Moore passed away due to complications related to COVID-19.
Why did she have to fight so hard for treatment she believed to be necessary? Might it have prevented her death if those treatments had been provided in a more timely manner?
Sadly, we may never really know the answers to those questions. Here’s what we do know, though:
- Besides being a medical doctor, Susan Moore was a Black woman
- The doctor who treated Dr. Moore was white
- A huge and growing amount of research finds that Black patients get inferior treatment in comparison with White patients
Fair and Equal Treatment Is a Right -- and It Should Be an ExpectationIt should go without saying that all people deserve to be treated fairly. Moreover, if you or someone you love receives treatment, their complaints go ignored, and they suffer harm as a result thereof, it could form the basis of a medical malpractice claim. Do not allow yourself to be the victim of injustices.