Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are injured or die as the result of preventable medical errors. While not every unfavorable outcome following medical treatment is a case of medical malpractice, healthcare providers owe patients a duty to follow certain standards of care. Healthcare providers may be held liable when their conduct falls below the accepted standards of care and a patient is injured or dies as a result. Victims’ families may also have standing to bring a claim, as is the case with wrongful death and survival actions.
TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES
Medical malpractice claims can arise from many different contexts. For example, the most common claims arise as a result of surgical errors, which account for about 34% of all claims. A mistake on the operating table can lead to the need for additional procedures, substantial pain and suffering, as well as financial burden. Claims are also brought as a result of failure to diagnose medical conditions or delayed diagnosis, as well as birth injuries. Healthcare facilities, as well as doctors and other medical personnel may be liable for medical malpractice. To prove that a healthcare provider was negligent in a particular case, we work with top experts who specialize in the relevant fields of medicine. Experts are essential to the success of any medical malpractice claim, since expert testimony is required to establish that the healthcare provider’s conduct breached the standard of care, and that the breach caused the patient’s injury or death.
If you feel that you or someone you know has been the victim of medical error, contact us for a free consultation. You still may be able to pursue a claim that happened some time ago, but your time may be running out. Consultations are strictly confidential and we never charge a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you.