Imagine the death or severe physical damage of a loved one being caused by the very doctor that was supposed to fix the problem. Cases like this are what are known as medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is the failure of medical professional to provide adequate, proper care to their patients. Many times the result of medical malpractice is severe, lifelong physical debilitation and/or death.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
There are up to 98, deaths annually due to diagnosis errors from medical malpractice. There are a range of errors committed by doctors and hospital staff that contribute to the near 350,000 claims each year that include, but are not limited to: wrong medication, wrong dosage of medication, inadequate credentials/technical skills, negligent supervision, delayed treatment, and unexpected death. Although the claims made in Pennsylvania have been steadily declining, the errors continue to increase. Contributing to the lack in patient safety is the fact that the governor has made cuts to the budget for the Patient Safety Authority and Department of Health.
Winning a Medical Malpractice Case
To ensure that you have an actual winning medical malpractice case, you’ll have to consider the damages that you or a loved one has gone through. A claim certainly exists if you or a loved one have been damaged or injured due to inadequate care from a medical provider, but that doesn’t always prove medical malpractice. It’s important to keep a record of your experience and record the damages that have occurred while you were receiving medical care. Keep any documents regarding your case as well, because it will be much easier to prove malpractice occurred with a record.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, so it is important that you carefully consider who’s hands you put your care into. Although the claims of medical malpractice have decreased over the last few years, there are still nearly 350,000 claims made in the US annually. If you or a loved one have experienced injury and/or death and you suspect it is due to errors by your medical provider, do your research and get the help you deserve in a court of law.