– Medical Malpractice
Unfortunately, nearly a hundred thousand people are killed every year by preventable medical errors. According to some estimates, there may be as many as 15 million instances of medical harm caused by preventable medical errors. Some of the more common forms of medical malpractice include:
- Birth injuries, including maternal complications
- Surgical complications
- Failure to diagnose cancer and other major illnesses
- Medication errors
- Nursing home negligence
When these injuries occur, you or your loved ones may suffer debilitating injuries. At the very least, these injuries can lead to additional or repeated medical treatment. Other times, medical negligence results in permanent disability, requiring ongoing care and resulting in a diminished quality of life. Medical negligence may even result in death.
You Deserve a High Level of Care
You deserve the highest level of care available. All doctors, hospitals, and other institutions should be held to this standard and should not be allowed to provide less. Sometimes, doctors fall short of the standard because they are poorly trained, tired, or do not dedicate the time necessary to notice critical factors.
Other times, poor care may be due to the healthcare provider’s culture, which prioritizes cost savings over quality of care. Many healthcare facilities emphasize cost-cutting, such as optimizing the number of patients a doctor sees, rather than the time he or she spends with each patient. It may also mean delegating more care to less qualified medical personnel, such as interns, physician’s assistants, or nurses.
No matter who is to blame, holding doctors and hospitals responsible for their mistakes may do more than compensate you for your injury; it may prevent others from having to suffer as you have suffered.