Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medicine is an inexact science, and doctors generally do a great job taking care of their patients. However, while most medical procedures performed in the U.S. occur without complication and with a good outcome for the patient, mistakes are sometimes made that result in harm to the patient. In fact, studies show medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. These mistakes cause more than 250,000 deaths per year.
You may have a medical malpractice claim if your treatment or procedure leaves you with injuries, illness, or other complications. If your doctor failed to adhere to the standard of care and otherwise followed widely accepted best practices and procedures, they can be held liable for your injuries. You may also have a medical malpractice claim if you are injured because your physician or other medical professional fails to inform you of the risks associated with your procedure and/or makes some other type of error. Because each medical malpractice case has unique considerations, you should contact Statesman Law Group to evaluate whether you have a valid medical malpractice case.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
Instances of medical malpractice are surprisingly common. Statistics related to medical malpractice studies are truly staggering. According to shocking Johns Hopkins and Institute of Medicine studies:
- Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
- Medical errors cause more than 250,000 deaths per year in the U.S.
- Approximately 10 percent of all U.S. deaths are now due to medical error.
- About 5 percent of adults who seek outpatient care annually suffer a delayed or wrong diagnosis.
- Around 5 percent of adults who seek outpatient care annually suffer a delayed or wrong diagnosis.
- Diagnostic errors account for up to 17 percent of hospital adverse events
Sadly, only a small fraction of victims of medical malpractice file lawsuits. If you suspect you’ve been injured by a negligent medical professional, contact an attorney immediately. Statesman Law Group was created to pursue maximum compensation for those injured in medical malpractice cases.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
medical malpractice accidents occur surprisingly frequently. The most common types of medical malpractice claims are:
- Failure to Diagnose / Misdiagnosis – This occurs when a doctor fails to diagnose you properly. Misdiagnosis can lead to treatment that damages your health or causes some other type of injury or harm. Examples of this type of medical malpractice include failure to properly diagnose cancer, heart disease, or other serious medical conditions.
- Surgical Errors – Surgical errors cause damage to surgical sites during operations. Disturbingly, doctors operate on the wrong parts of the body or leave supplies and/or inside your body.
- Premature Discharge – Premature discharge occurs when a medical professional negligently discharges a patient from a medical facility or prematurely stops treatment or a doctor’s care.
- Emergency Room Errors – Emergency room errors occur when the care or treatment that is administered in an emergency setting is inaccurate or harmful.
- Medication Errors – When medication errors occur, the patient suffers in two ways. First, the patient does not receive the appropriate medication for their injury or condition. Second, medication errors often cause new health problems to develop. Examples of medication errors include improper administration of medicine and improper dosage.
- Nursing Home Negligence occurs when a person in a long-term care facility is injured, abused or mistreated in a way that results in injury, harm, or death.
- Wrongful Death happens when death occurs as a result of negligence while under the care or treatment of a doctor or medical professional.
- Doctor/Patient Confidentiality Breaches involve the illegal and unauthorized disclosure of patient information, such as medical records, to a third party.
These are just a few examples of potential medical malpractice cases. Generally, any harm that results from a healthcare provider’s treatment that falls below the standard of care can be the basis for a medical malpractice claim.
How a Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
To be eligible for compensation, victims must prove that their doctor’s negligence caused harm. Many states have a limit on the amount of compensation you can receive from a malpractice case.
Medical malpractice awards and compensation can be classified three ways:
- General damages, which include mental and physical pain and suffering, loss of quality and enjoyment of life, and loss of current and future wages. General awards are often not based on a specific monetary loss and are usually determined from the facts and circumstances of the case.
- Special damages, which cover past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and other out-of-pocket costs attributable to the injury.
- Punitive damages, which vary from state to state. Punitive damages may be assessed when harmful conduct is found to be intentional or so reckless that malicious intent may be inferred. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar conduct in the future.
If you or a family member has been a victim of medical malpractice, we encourage you to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer to learn more about your rights and potential remedies. Our lawyers are ready to help. Contact Statesman Law Group today.