When we are sick or injured, we have a reasonable expectation that seeking medical treatment is our best option to get better. But what happens when seeking medical treatment actually leads to even worse problems? Medical malpractice is all too common; in fact, in the United States, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, you have a right to collect damages. The Pembroke Pines medical malpractice team at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA, has helped many clients recover compensation following a devastating malpractice injury.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
When a doctor, nurse or other medical processional causes an injury to a patient due to a negligent act or an omission of care, it is known as medical malpractice. Medical malpractice might occur during treatment, during surgery, or as an error in diagnosing or even failing to diagnose a condition.
There are strict parameters that courts use to determine if medical malpractice has occurred. There must be a violation by the medical profession in the standard of care afforded to the patient, and an injury with significant damages must occur as a result of negligence.
Some types of medical negligence that may constitute medical malpractice include:
- Ignoring or misinterpreting lab tests
- Performing unnecessary surgery
- Failing to diagnose or rendering a misdiagnosis
- Improper medical prescribed or improper dosage
- Wrong-site surgery
- Surgical errors
- Poor aftercare or follow-up
- Premature hospital discharge
- Failure to recognize symptoms
- Failure to authorize proper testing
- Improper treatment
- Failure to advise patient of risks
- Failure to take patient history appropriately
Statistics on Medical Malpractice
The results of a Johns Hopkins study released in 2016 show that more than 250,000 people in the U.S. die each year due to medical error. This allows medical malpractice to easily surpass the once third-leading cause of death (respiratory disease) reported by the CDC at 150,000 per year. Only heart disease and cancer claim more lives, notes the study’s authors.
A Journal of the American Medical Association article notes that there are roughly 12,000 deaths each year in the U.S. due to unnecessary surgery, and 27,000 deaths each year in hospitals due to medication and other errors. An estimated 1 million medical injuries occur each year, and less than 10 percent of them are reported.
Specific Damages in Medical Malpractice Claims
When a doctor or other medical professional performs below the standard of care, life-threatening injuries can result. If a patient suffers harm at the hands of those entrusted to his care, then he can file a claim seeking damages for physical pain, suffering and mental anguish, medical bills incurred, and lost wages due to injury. A claim may also call for damages for future lost wages and medical care.
Help with Your Medical Malpractice Claim
There is a complex set of rules that govern medical malpractice claims in Florida. For this reason, seeking seasoned representation is important. The Pembroke Pines medical malpractice team at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA offers a no-cost, no-obligation confidential consultation for victims of medical malpractice. Schedule your case review now.