Medical malpractice is a leading cause of serious injury and death in the United States, resulting in hundreds of thousands of injuries each year and as many as 100,000 fatalities. As alarming as these statistics are and contrary to popular belief, very few victims ever take legal action. In fact, only about 10-15 percent of medical malpractice victims or their families turn to a medical attorney for legal help.
At Burke & Eisner, we encourage those who have suffered injury due to the negligence of a healthcare professional to speak with a medical attorney. A medical attorney can tell you whether you have a viable case against the party(s) that caused you or your loved one harm and determine the amount of compensation you may be able to seek.
The Right to Be Compensated
Various state and federal laws provide medical malpractice victims and/or their families with the legal right to seek compensation for damages suffered due to another’s negligence or wrongdoing. The law does require victims to file a claim within a certain amount of time (called a statute of limitations), but those who file a case in a timely manner may be able to recover damages such as:
- Compensation for monetary losses – for expenses related to medical treatment and rehabilitation as well as wage losses and other expenses caused by the injury
- Compensation for non-monetary losses – for instance, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of a loved one, loss of consortium, etc.
In some cases, the jury will award punitive damages. This is additional compensation awarded to the victim for the purpose of punishing the defendant and deterring future acts of negligence. However, it is important to note that not all medical malpractice cases go to trial. Oftentimes, a medical attorney will try to negotiate a settlement prior to trial.
When to Contact a Medical Attorney
As soon as you suspect that malpractice has occurred, you should contact a medical attorney. The following are some of the more common instances of malpractice for which individuals often seek the advice of a medical attorney:
- Surgery errors
- Medication mistakes
- Birth/delivery errors
- Lab errors
- Misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose
- Delayed treatment
- Infection caused by inadequate sterilization
Please note, however, that each case is unique and this list does not provide all possible examples of medical malpractice. If you have any questions about whether medical negligence caused your injury or the death of your loved one, contact a medical attorney at Burke & Eisner today.
Get Your Case Evaluated Today
Let a medical attorney evaluate your case free of charge and inform you of your legal options. Whether you’ve been injured by a nursing error, a physician’s mistake, or negligence on the part of some other healthcare professional, it’s always in your best interest to learn more about your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation, and we can help you obtain the money you deserve. Contact our firm today.
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