When doctors make mistakes or fail to perform to the accepted “standard of care,” patients suffer as a result. Alarmingly, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Medical negligence can occur during your diagnosis or treatment if your doctor is not “reasonably skillful and careful.” This can lead to physical and mental pain, higher medical bills and lost wages. In 2012, medical negligence payouts totaled more than $3 billion.
Common types of medical negligence cases include:
- Prescription Drug Errors – doctors misprescribing medications, pharmacists not filling prescriptions correctly, or healthcare staff administering drugs improperly
- Surgical Errors – Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose; organ damage that occurs during surgery
- Birth Injuries – Cerebral palsy, brain damage and fractures
Sometimes, patients don’t pursue valid medical negligence claims because they fear it will increase their healthcare costs. This is not true as medical negligence payouts account for just 0.3% of national healthcare costs. Furthermore, it’s important to file valid medical negligence claims to keep negligent doctors from hurting more patients.
If you are a victim of medical negligence, you need an experienced attorney to represent you. Over 80% of medical negligence lawsuits end with no payment whatsoever, making it critically important to have a powerful law firm like Hupy and Abraham, S.C. on your side.