Medical malpractice (sometimes referred to as "medical negligence) occurs when a healthcare provider fails to use the level of skill, knowledge, and care in diagnosis and treatment that other reasonably careful practitioners in the same field would use in the same or similar circumstances. This level of skill, knowledge, and care is sometimes referred to as "the standard of care". In order to win your medical malpractice case, the breach of the standard of care must be proven through expert testimony.
Medical malpractice takes a wide variety of forms, from misdiagnosis to surgical and medication errors. There is no "typical" medical malpractice case, but if you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or someone has died due to a medical error, contact us for assistance.
Unfortunately, medical errors are more common than one might expect. In 2010, the Office of the Inspector General for Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients annually in Medicare alone. Recently, the Journal of Patient Safety published a study which concluded that as many as 440,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals. Tens of thousands also die from preventable mistakes outside hospitals, such as deaths from missed diagnoses or because of injuries from medications. Many, Many more suffer non-fatal effects from medical and medication errors.
The effects on the victim and his/her loved ones, both physically and economically, can be devastating. People lose their jobs, insurance, and security, and many face staggering medical bills that they would not have had but for the medical error.
Our experienced team of litigators can help you if you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice. Call our office or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.