Medical malpractice is an oversight or omission of the best possible medical treatment available by a health care professional in the care of an individual that results in injury or harm to the patient. Every year thousands of Americans are injured, hospitalized or die from medical mistakes due to wrong diagnosis, hospital negligence or prescription errors and the consequences to the patients and the families of affected individuals can be devastating. It is unfortunate that people are injured when receiving health care, but you should not expect to endure a life of pain and suffering because of someone else’s oversight or negligence. If you are hurt or made to suffer because of negligence you may be entitled to compensation for your distress and anguish.
When critical treatment options are overlooked or disregarded in the care of injuries or illness, people suffer and will continue to suffer even long after the treatment is over. In certain cases, medical negligence can have destructive, disruptive or distressing consequences, often altering the life of an individual and their family for years if not a lifetime.
Statistics of malpractice in the U.S.
- 98,000 Americans die every year from medical errors.
- The annual cost to the U.S. is $29 billion.
- 195,000 American lives are lost due to preventable negligent errors.
- 7,000 lives a year are lost to prescription errors in the U.S.
- Hospital negligence claims an average of 80,000 lives annually.
- One percent of all hospitalized patients in a given year will be injured while in the hospital.
- 1,500 patients of surgical procedures will fall victim to surgical negligence every year
Nobody plans for errors in their medical procedures, but the reality is that they happen and you should not be left out in the cold if they do. They can lead to health complications, loss of quality of life, staggering medical bills, even long term care and you should not have to bear this burden by yourself.