Have you been injured because of a medical error? Medical malpractice happens more often than you might think. According to Ariana Eunjung Chaa’s recent story in The Washington Post, a study on patient safety has shown that medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, just under heart disease and cancer. Medical negligence is thought to claim 250,000 lives every year, making it more of a killer than accidents, strokes and Alzheimer’s.
According to Martin Makary, Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and lead researcher in the study, the cause of medical errors can be anything from “bad doctors” to miscommunication between hospital departments. According to Consumer Reports, licensing records in California show that many practicing physicians are on probation for patient safety violations. Makary says that instead of saving lives, the medical establishment is now in the business of taking lives.
Deaths caused by medical malpractice are just part of the story. The other side of the coin is patient injury. Frederick van Pelt, a Chartis Group physician consultant, says that patient injuries due to medical negligence may be up to 40 times greater than patient deaths.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
A type of negligence, medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured by a healthcare worker due to that healthcare worker’s careless act. Medical errors are often made by physicians, but nurses, dentists, pharmacists, healthcare technicians and healthcare facility workers may also be to blame.
Medical malpractice is essentially a violation of the accepted standard of patient care. As a result, the patient is injured. When a patient dies because of medical malpractice, it’s called wrongful death. An injury can show up immediately, or it can reveal itself down the road. The error can cause temporary or permanent injury and/or disability.
What Are Some Examples Of Medical Malpractice?
Medical errors that constitute medical malpractice include:
o Misdiagnosis or no diagnosis
o Failure to provide appropriate treatment
o Failure to order or correctly interpret medical tests
o Prescribing or dispensing the wrong medications
o Wrongful death
Victims Injured By Medical Malpractice Are Entitled To Compensation
If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to medical error or wrongful death, a Queens medical malpractice attorney can file a claim on your behalf and pursue compensation for your losses. The amount of compensation you can receive will depend on the extent of your injury.
Victims of medical malpractice in Queens may be awarded damages for lost earnings, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, inability to enjoy life, disfigurement and medical expenses. Spouses and children of wrongful death victims may receive compensation for loss of services, loss of support, financial losses, medical expenses and funeral expenses.
Queens Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You Make A Case
Proving that medical malpractice has occurred is best handled by a personal injury lawyer. Representing yourself in this kind of case is usually not a good idea. In order to prevail, you must demonstrate that your injury resulted directly from a medical error and that your injury did not exist previously.
In-depth knowledge of medical malpractice law, years of experience and considerable resources are what a Queens medical malpractice lawyer can bring to the table. With the help of medical investigators and medical experts, we can determine whether carelessness caused your injury and what happened when you were injured.
We can file your claim, build your case, and defend you in court. The healthcare worker’s attorneys will go all out to ensure that you receive the smallest possible settlement. We will fight these attorneys to get you all the compensation you deserve.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Queens Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
Being a victim of a medical error is not easy. We understand that you feel angry, betrayed and hurt. Call us for a free consultation. We will evaluate your situation to see if you have a case. If we agree to represent you, you pay nothing unless you win. The New York Statute of Limitations requires that you file a personal injury claim within 2.5 years of the date that the injury occurred. If you believe you’ve been injured, or you’ve lost a loved one due to a medical mistake, consult with a Queens medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.