Medical Errors Happen
Did you know research estimates 400,000 people die from preventable medical errors every year in hospitals in the United States? That means preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. The National Institutes of Health suggest the cost of medical errors in the Unites States is 19.5 billion dollars every year.
This is the cost directly associated with additional health care including, doctors, hospitalizations, medications and other services. It does not include loss of time from your job or the personal cost due the loss in the quality of your life. As the NIH recognizes, quality care by definition is more efficient and less wasteful.
Errors Through Negligence or Omission
When a medical professional such as a doctor causes harm to a patient, either through an act of negligence or one of omission, this is medical malpractice. Negligence can include errors in diagnosis as well as treatment or management.
Medical malpractice cases can be pursued against a doctor whose actions are not within the range of accepted practices, against a hospital which fails to properly provide medication or other medical care personnel. Government agencies may also be held legally accountable for medical facilities which they operate.
Medical Malpractice Laws Protect Patients
The law protects patients by allowing them to pursue financial damages, however medical malpractice lawsuits are often difficult and expensive. In addition, the complexity of these suits mean that lawsuits for minor injuries are not a realistic option. If you have a medical malpractice claim, you should consult with an experienced attorney to explore your options.
We have been proudly representing Iowans for over 30 years who have fallen victim to substandard medical care. It would be our honor to visit with you about your concerns. Give us a call and remember, we offer free initial consultations.