Understanding Hospital Discrimination: Types and Impact on Patient Care

by | Jan 20, 2024 | Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

When you see a doctor or other medical professional in a hospital, you trust them to provide the best treatment possible and care for your health and safety. Unfortunately, many healthcare workers discriminate against patients based on their race, age, gender, and ethnicity in the form of macroaggressions and microaggressions, potentially causing patients harm.

At Dominguez Law, we understand the physical and emotional pain that hospital discrimination can cause, so we work closely with New Mexico victims to seek the justice they deserve. Our compassionate attorneys take the time to listen to your story and create a personalized plan tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. With our commitment to holding the liable party accountable and providing the highest quality services possible, you can rest assured you have a team on your side aggressively advocating for a successful outcome.

2 Types of Hospital Discrimination

Medical professionals in hospitals may discriminate against patients for many reasons, including age, gender, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation. However, discriminatory actions typically fall under one of the two following categories:

  • Macroaggressions: This type of discrimination is more blatant, radical, and rooted in a large system. Macroaggressions affect larger groups, and hospitals may have systems in place to prevent certain groups from getting the care they need.
  • Microaggressions: Microaggressions are smaller, more subtle actions that occur during individual interactions. These acts have a negative connotation and often come from an unconscious, yet still harmful, bias against a marginalized group.

All medical professionals must uphold a standard of care, which is an obligation to use sound judgment and provide the type of care a skilled and competent professional with similar experience would provide. If they fail to do this by discriminating against a patient, our experienced medical malpractice lawyers can help you hold them accountable for their negligence.

How Can Hospital Discrimination Impact Patient Care

Whether medical professionals participate in macroaggressions or commit microaggressions, these discriminatory acts can intensely impact patient care. For example, if a patient experiences some form of discrimination in a hospital, they may not fully trust the healthcare system, preventing them from receiving preventive care and living a fully healthy life. 

Hospital discrimination can also impact patients’ immediate physical and mental health. Not only will the patient not get the care they need or deserve at the time, but they will also potentially struggle with anxiety or worry about any further medical care they may need to receive. At Dominguez Law, we fight aggressively for justice in hospital discrimination cases, helping you achieve compensation for losses like medical bills, lost wages from missed work, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Schedule a Free Consultation With the Trusted New Mexico Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Dominguez Law

While you may assume medical professionals are always looking out for your best interests, they may neglect their standard of care and discriminate against you for your age, race, gender, or other factor. Regardless of the bias behind the liable party’s actions, our seasoned lawyers at Dominguez Law are here to help fight for your rights and hold the negligent medical professional accountable for their actions.

With years of experience handling the most complex medical malpractice claims in New Mexico, you can trust us to handle every aspect of your claim. We work with you from the beginning, offering free consultations to fully understand your situation and what it takes to achieve a successful outcome. To schedule yours, call us at (505) 850-5854 or fill out our contact form today. We also speak Spanish.