The third-leading cause of death in the United States is medical malpractice, according to a study by Johns Hopkins. Only cancer and heart disease claim more victims each year. When you seek your doctor’s advice, or when you go in for a necessary or even elective medical procedure, you have the reasonable expectation that you will receive the best standard of care possible, but unfortunately, that’s not always true. Doctors and other medical professionals sometimes make mistakes or even act negligently or with reckless regard, leading to serious injuries or even death. When this happens, you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim to seek out compensation for your injuries.
The Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman and our Davie medical malpractice attorney are adept at handling clients’ claims of medical malpractice. Act right away to preserve your right to seek damages when you are harmed at the hands of those you entrust to your medical care.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical practitioners are obligated to do no harm. They must follow the standards of care that is expected in their field. When they deviate from these standards of are and cause harm to a patient due to negligence, omission of care, or medical errors, they are subject to claims of medical malpractice. Malpractice claims can arise during treatment, during surgery or post-operatively. It may also result when a doctor fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses a condition, prescribes the wrong medication, or fails to educate a patient about a procedure.
The courts use strict parameters when establishing that medical malpractice has occurred, but cases generally boil down to proving that there was a deviation in the standard of care and the patient received a significant injury as a result of the deviation.
Medical professionals may be seen to be negligent if they:
- Ignore or misinterpret lab tests, X-rays, or other diagnostic exams
- Perform unnecessary surgery
- Perform wrong-site surgeries
- Fail to provide adequate surgery aftercare
- Discharge a patient prematurely
- Fail to take a patient’s history into account before treatment
- Leave a surgical tool in place during surgery
Similarly, medical malpractice may result when a surgeon places a faulty medical device, even though liability may be the fault of the device’s manufacturer. This has been seen in the past in the case of hip implants and surgical mesh, among other devices.
Statistics on Medical Malpractice
The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that there are 27,000 deaths in hospitals each year due to medication and other types of medical errors. There are also approximately 12,000 annual deaths due to doctors performing unnecessary surgeries. All told, there are an estimated 1 million medical injuries around the country each year, although only around 100,000 of them are reported and even fewer are the subject of medical malpractice claims.
Working with a Davie Medical Malpractice Attorney
Life-threatening injuries can arise when a medical practitioner fails to perform at the anticipated standard of care. Damages that are normally recouped by a medical malpractice claim include medical bills and future cost of medical care, lost wages, diminished capacity to earn a living, pain and suffering, and emotional anguish. Because of the complexity of medical malpractice suits, working with a seasoned Davie medical malpractice attorney is important to the success of your claim. Contact the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA for a no-cost, no-obligation confidential consultation and to review your case now.