Our health is trusted to the hands of medical professionals throughout our lives. We trust nurses, doctors, emergency rooms, and hospitals to take care of our families. We expect the highest level of care from these professionals.
Unlike any other field, an error in the medical field has serious and even deadly consequences. Indeed, according to Johns Hopkins, medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. The Institute for Safe Medical Practice says that medical errors injure 1.5 million Americans and cost the healthcare system more than $3.5 billion a year.
Not every mistake or unfortunate event by a physician or hospital is a medical malpractice case. For there to be a legitimate case, an injured patient must prove a few things. The first, is that there was a doctor and patient relationship that existed. Second, the doctor breached the standard of care given to the patient. Finally, it must be shown that the breach caused direst injuries to the patient. You need help from a medical malpractice attorney to determine if you have a case.
The term standard of care refers to proper treatment accepted and used by most medical professionals. It is also called standard medical care, standard therapy, and best practice.
Healthcare providers owe their patients a duty in:
When a medical professional breaches any of these duties, it can be a cause of action due to negligence.
A patient has the right to recover damages from a negligent healthcare provider. A good sign that you have a medical malpractice case is if you require ongoing, expensive treatment for your injuries.
The New Iberia team at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has over 20 ears of experience with these cases. Our talented staff and attorneys can determine if your case qualifies as a medical malpractice suit by:
If you or a family member suffered an injury or death at the hands of a medical professional, you have the right to pursue financial compensation. Compensation can include:
With medical error as the 3rd leading cause of death in America, there are several different causes for needing a medical malpractice attorney. A hospital can be liable for the death or injury of a patient. Emergency rooms often see medical errors. Mistakes during anesthesia are common. Surgical errors are so common, they cost the healthcare system $1.3 billion in the course of a study of 9,000 claims. The most common malpractice cases are a doctor’s failure to diagnose and treat a patient correctly.
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Every year, 440,000 Americans experience preventable injuries while they are being hospitalized.
A hospital can be deemed liable for a patient’s injuries that are a result of a staff member’s negligence. The most common reasons for hospital mistakes include:
In some cases, a hospital can not be considered liable for the negligence of contracted doctor. However, if a hospital uses poor screening and hires an incompetent doctor, they are responsible for any resulting damages the doctor may have caused.
Failure to diagnose and treat an illness or injury is the basis of many medical malpractice lawsuits.
Indeed, “diagnostic errors appear to be the most common, most costly, and most dangerous of medical mistakes,” according to Johns Hopkins University.
The most common form of negligence is when a doctor fails to treat a patient because they “dismiss” symptoms as minor or temporary.
Diagnostic failures cause patients to suffer needlessly. Examples of these failures can include:
42% of critical medical incidents occur during anesthesia.
Common Mistakes and Complications:
The National Institutes of Health says that more than half of emergency room claims are due to two types of errors:
The Doctors Company found:
A study published by BMC Emergency Medicine found:
A surgical “never event”is a mistake that should have never happened during surgery. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, 4,000 surgical never events occur every year.
Common never events:
Johns Hopkins also reports that a surgeon will:
If you or a loved one has suffered because of the negligence of a medical provider, contact the New Iberia team at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess as soon a possible. There may be time limits on your case, so the sooner we can get started, the better.
Our talented staff and attorneys has 20 years of experience with medical malpractice cases; winning $millions for our clients in settlements and verdicts.
We will investigate your injury thoroughly and pursue the maximum settlement possible to ensure you and your family do not lose your standard of living.
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