According to the World Health Organization, one in ten patients worldwide is the victim of a preventable medical error caused by a healthcare provider. Statistics for the U.S. are equally alarming, with the Institute of Medicine recently estimating that anywhere between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die every year in hospitals because of the negligence or mistake of a medical professional.
Medical malpractice suits arise when a patient is injured through the improper action (or lack of action) of a medical professional or healthcare facility—whether a physician, nurse, pharmacist or other healthcare worker. Under the law, healthcare professionals assume the responsibility for a patient when they agree to treat that individual, and are required to use a standard of practice that would be considered normal for any other professional treating a patient in a similar situation. Those professionals are determined negligent when they harm a patient by neglecting to use the same degree of skill and learning appropriate for their medical peers under the same or similar circumstances.
Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice occur when healthcare providers fail to diagnose a patient’s illness or condition; neglect to order appropriate or necessary treatments, tests or medications; fail to consult with specialists; or do not pursue a necessary surgical procedure in a timely manner.
If you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice, our attorneys want to help.