In 2009, the Hearst Corporation newspapers published an article called “Dead by Mistake.” The newspaper conglomerate had uncovered an alarming statistic—nearly 200,000 Americans die each year from medical errors and hospital mistakes. For comparison, about 33,000 die in car accidents each year. What is surprising is that people are far more likely to seek compensation for a car accident than for a medical malpractice death. This may be because, while it is easy to tell when a car hit you, it is harder to determine if a mistake is due to human error or to medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can include any error in diagnosis, in treatment, or in management of an illness. If an error results in injury to a patient or worsening of his condition, the patient may have a Wisconsin medical malpractice claim. Wisconsin injury lawyer Michael Hupy lists eight warning signs that can help you identify medical malpractice.
- The patient does not improve or worsens with treatment.
- The patient develops new symptoms after treatment.
- The patient’s symptoms don't match the diagnosis.
- The diagnosis is based entirely on a lab test.
- The diagnosis involves a test that was not given.
- The patient has common symptoms such as headache, fatigue, or achiness, but your doctor attributes the symptoms to an uncommon condition.
- The patient suffers an injury during treatment.
- A patient suffers major illness or death from a non-serious condition.
If you suspect that you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice in Wisconsin, it is important that you contact a Wisconsin injury lawyer right away. Wisconsin medical malpractice claims must be filed within three years of injury. Your Wisconsin medical malpractice lawyer will be able to advise you on the best way to pursue your claim. To learn more, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free.