When most of us hear the term medical malpractice we generally tend to think of medical error of some sort. The truth, though, is that medical malpractice encompasses a wide range of erroneous and inappropriate behavior on the part of medical professionals and their employers. A recent class action lawsuit against Johns Hopkins Hospital involving thousands of patients is a good example of this.
The case resulted in a settlement of $190 million for over 7,000 women who were harmed by a doctor accused of violating doctor-patient trust by carrying around a concealed camera and recording pelvic exams. The activity is alleged to have gone on over a number of years, and was discovered after a female colleague of the physician reported that she thought something fishy was going on with the doctor’s special pen. Sadly, the physician ended up committing suicide shortly after his activity came to light.