Medical patients in Florida and elsewhere throughout the United States have the right to reasonably assume that staff members caring for them have taken all available precautions to ensure their safety and well-being while undergoing medical care. Medical malpractice occurs when a patient has been injured or has become ill due to negligence on the part of medical staff. A recent survey suggests that a problem involving doctors and/or nurses who report to work while knowingly suffering from illness is on the rise.
Some medical professionals have stated that when they are sick, they continue to report for work because it is difficult to find replacements. Those interviewed have also suggested that there is pressure placed upon them in the workplace to earn pay incentives that will not be made available to a doctor or nurse who misses work due to illness. Understandably, 95 of health industry workers who were surveyed agreed that working while ill places patients at great risk for harm.