Personal injury lawyers believe you have a right to expect safe and adequate care when seeking medical treatment. To successfully pursue a medical malpractice case, your attorney must be able to prove that the health care provider’s medical treatment fell below the accepted standard of care which means the medical provider failed to follow the safety rules in place to prevent the injury or death.
Accountability is the key to maintaining the integrity of our great health care system. The personal injury lawyers at Clekis Law Firm are committed to ensuring that errant health care providers who jeopardize the level of care citizens receive are held responsible for their actions by upholding those professional standards.
What Is Medical Negligence?
Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as the result of negligence. However, malpractice suits are often complex and costly to win. While theoretically, you can seek compensation for any injury caused by negligence, regardless of its seriousness, time and money make it unrealistic to sue for an injury that is minor or heals quickly.
The standard of care set by the medical community is the minimum degree of care to which all patients in the United States are entitled to expect. However, the nonpartisan National Institute of Medicine has published studies showing that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 patients die each year due to PREVENTABLE medical errors, and as many as 1 million more are seriously injured with the consequences of those injuries costing up to $29 billion annually in public disability and care costs. This alarming fact of the number of patients killed is the equivalent of two passenger jets filled to capacity crashing every day for 365 consecutive days.
Medical negligence cases involve negligence on the part of a medical provider in which a person has suffered significant and serious injury or death as a result. Examples of medical malpractice can include misdiagnosis, improper treatment, failure to treat, delay in treatment, failure to perform appropriate follow-up, prescription errors and surgical errors.