It’s estimated that up to 100,000 people die every year in the United States because of preventable medical errors. This makes medical malpractice one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Even more, hundreds of thousands more suffer medical injuries that could have been avoided with proper precautions. Despite these alarming numbers, only a small percentage (less than 15 percent) of victims or their loved ones seek the compensation to which they are entitled.
Compensation: Part of a System of Checks & Balances
Compensating victims for wrongly suffered injury is a vital part of the system of checks and balances in America’s legal system. In medical malpractice cases, the compensation provides injured victims with a financial remedy for their losses and forces responsible parties to accept liability for their actions. In fact, compensation is sometimes awarded to victims as a way to punish liable parties and, hopefully, deter them from future negligence or wrongdoing.
What This Means for You
It means that if you’ve been injured or lost a family member due to the negligence of a healthcare professional (for instance, a doctor or nurse), you may be entitled to medical compensation for:
- Financial Losses – such as those due to medical costs associated with treating the injury, job loss, the cost of permanent disability, etc.
- Non-monetary Losses – such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, funeral costs etc.
When to Contact a Malpractice Lawyer
As soon as you suspect that medical malpractice has occurred, you should contact a lawyer. Strict laws limit the time you have to file a claim for medical compensation, so the sooner you act the better. In fact, if you have suffered because of or lost a loved one to any of the following, it’s in your best interest to have your case evaluated:
- Misdiagnosis – for instance, being diagnosed with the wrong condition or illness
- Missed diagnosis – including failure to diagnose cancer
- Ob/Gyn error – including injury to the infant during delivery
- Lab mistake – such as misinterpreted x-rays or imaging scans, blood tests or biopsies
- Surgical mistake – including surgery on the wrong patient, organ or limb
- Hospital infection – from unsanitary conditions or inadequate sterilization procedures
- Medication error – receiving the wrong dose or the wrong medication
- Delayed diagnosis or treatment
These are just a few of the more common instances of medical malpractice, but negligence comes in many forms and you have a right to know whether negligence caused your injury or loved one’s death.
Talk to an Attorney about Medical Compensation
The lawyers at Burke & Eisner are dedicated to helping victims of malpractice seek the medical compensation they deserve. Our attorneys have obtained significant settlements and awards on behalf of clients, and we have the resources to help you too.
For a free case evaluation, contact Burke & Eisner today. We’ll evaluate your claim, answer your legal questions, and inform you of your best options.
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