5th Jan 2017
When it comes to your medical history, are you eligible for damages in a court of law when it comes to medical malpractice? Medical malpractice unfortunately is more common than you think. You are actually probably just as likely to get into a car accident as you are to experience malpractice as a patient when you are sick. Don’t think that the numbers when it comes to injury and death from malpractice are that high?
Up to 98,000 deaths of individuals were caused as a direct result of medical errors. This comes according to research published by the Institute for Medicine in 1999. These errors were common and routine enough to cause over a million injuries in the U.S. every single year. Yes, you heard that right. Over a million injuries. So if you’re thinking that medical errors are common and they happen to everyone, you’re correct. However, it does not mean that it is right and that you are not entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Read on to find out what you should do if you or someone you know has been directly and negatively affected by medical malpractice. It could be injury or it could be death. Either way, know all of your options so that when the time comes, you will know what choices you have to pursue.
Those statistics were probably pretty alarming to you. Unfortunately, that’s the reality of medical malpractice. Researchers from Harvard in 2010 noted that the errors remained frequent and when it comes to overall improvement– there was not much evidence that general improvement had occurred. Those scary numbers from 1999 are no less relevant today. Of course, you don’t have to tell that to the millions of people who are suffering from injuries that affect their lives every day.
Medical negligence or malpractice is defined as occurring when your health care provider or doctor does not treat, diagnose, monitor, or provide the standard of care that they would to others with the same condition. If you think that you are someone who meets that description, an experienced medical malpractice attorney could help you determine if you have a case. You could get compensation for the health care provider’s mistake and start to get ahead of the likely economic and personal damages you have sustained.
You may have missed out on past wages as well as future wages. Then there’s the matter of medical expenses– those bills can really rack up high, regardless of health insurance or not. If you’ve been personally affected, you will be eligible for compensation. You may also be entitled to compensation if you have had a loved one pass away. Only a certified lawyer will be really able to tell you whether you have a case.
You may be able to get damages for your suffering. If you or someone you know has been injured or worse by medical negligence, contact the Law Office of Payas, Payas, and Payas today. We’ll help you every step of the way.