According to a HealthGrades Patient Safety study, covered by Medical News Today, over 195,000 people die in the United States every year from preventable medical malpractice. All of these errors are made in-hospital and are due to negligent medical care. The organization through its vice president Dr. Samantha Collier, suggested that those estimates may have actually underestimated total deaths, and that “There is little evidence that patient safety has improved in the last five years.”
According to WrongDiagnosis.com, medical malpractice lawsuits can involve a number of mistakes made by doctors or other hospital staff. These errors could fall under categories of:
- Delayed Diagnosis
- Failure to Diagnose
- Surgical Errors
- Medical Errors
There are also other factors of negligence that have to be considered. Obviously there is a risk in all types of medical care, especially when surgery is involved, but malpractice usually implies that some gross act of negligence or recklessness caused the injury or death to happen. WrongDiagnosis.com further reports that 90 percent of all malpractice cases brought forth by patients happened in 75 of the largest counties in the U.S. It is believed by the NationalPractitionerDataBank (page five) that there were 17,696 medical malpractice payment reports received in the year 2004.
What should you do if you believe you have received negligent medical care? Remember these four steps.
- Secure medical records (all hospitals are required to comply with this request)
- Discuss a medical malpractice claim with your attorney
- Consider whether to take a settlement or proceed with a lawsuit
- Go through pre-trial discovery, which requires an exchange of written information and a deposition of fact witnesses.
The lawyer will help you with the four legal steps. However, you must analyze the facts of the medical case closely and secure all documentation that you possibly can that helps prove negligent medical care was given.
Who should take responsibility when a doctor, hospital or nursing staff make a major error? While it may be inevitable that these professionals are human and are prone to make mistakes now and then, does that mean that you should suffer the financial burden?
Is it fair that you have to pay for negligent medical care, the same care that may have injured or killed a beloved family member? Remember that medical malpractice cases are not acts of God, nor do they result because of unfortunate circumstances or bad timing. These are cases that were preventable and yet happened directly because of negligent behavior by a doctor.
If you have suffered because of negligent medical care then contact the Rasansky Law Firm today. You may be entitled to damages including medical bills, pain and suffering, therapy bills, prescription drugs, lost wages or wrongful death. One of the most common problems in medical malpractice is that patients who have been victimized don’t fight for their rights and instead suffer the financial burden. The Rasansky Law Firm can help you collect the damages you deserve.
The Dallas medical malpractice lawyers at Rasansky Law Firm understand how to properly deal with your unfortunate situation. Together we can put an end to medical negligence and malpractice in America.