Medical Malpractice Statistics

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Medical malpractice is one of the many reasons people file personal injury lawsuits. According to the Medical Protection Society (MPS), medical malpractice is defined as the negligence of a medical professional to uphold the “standard of care” required of them, causing direct harm to the patient. Any health professionals, even the hospitals themselves, can be held legally liable for any injuries or harm that their patients endure as a result of negligent care.

Medical malpractice (also called medical negligence) is a very prevalent problem in the United States: it causes about 160,000 deaths every year across the country. It is estimated that 1 in every 3 patients will suffer from some form of medical malpractice, and these errors can be anywhere from misdiagnosis to wrong medication/prescriptions to surgical errors to many other acts of negligence.

Annually, there are approximately between 15,000 to 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits filed against doctors or other medical professionals. In fact, the majority of doctors around the United States have a high probability of facing a medical malpractice lawsuit during their professional careers. However, the possibility of a patient receiving a payout is low.

Upon acknowledging that you have fallen victim to medical malpractice, the best option is to find and hire a personal injury lawyer, preferably someone who is proficient in medical malpractice lawsuits. There are rules and statues that should be followed in order to improve the lawsuit’s chance of success. It is important to gather evidence and have a solid presentation should the case go to court.

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Avoiding Medical Malpractice through Choosing the Right Physicians

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Choosing the right doctor for any type of surgery or treatment may be a life or death decision: a lot of people have already fallen victim to many medical malpractices. According to the law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, medical malpractice can take on many forms, from improper treatment, delayed diagnosis, hospital negligence, surgical errors, and other malpractices. Although compensation can be given to the victim, it may not be enough to pay for the trauma and damages that the victim may suffer throughout his or her life.

As the public’s awareness and acceptance of plastic surgery has evolved over the years, millions of people around the world are prepared to undergo cosmetic procedures to alter or enhance any aspect of their appearance. Because of the huge number of demand for these procedures, there has also been an increase for cosmetic surgery lawsuits. In order to avoid being a victim, you need to know how to protect yourself and choose the right doctors.

In order to avoid such health and legal complications, the first thing to do before going under the knife is to research about potential surgeons that are listed in your area. Make sure they are board-certified; this means they have completed a three-year or five-year training in general surgery and at least two years specializing in cosmetic surgery. Another thing is that you need to check their background in order to know if they have been charged with malpractice in the past. It also helps to ask the surgeon if they have hospital privileges, since hospitals do background checks (even if you are having the procedure at an outpatient clinic).

Botox is one of the most common and often requested procedures, and if you want to have this done to you it would be proper to learn more about it in order to be armed with necessary questions you might need to ask the surgeon. Knowing what to ask and staying informed can help in understanding the risks that come with any procedure. Lastly, be cautious once the surgeon suggests multiple procedures as it can increase the risks. Multiple surgeries done all at one time can be strenuous for the body, and can put your health at risk. Being too careful is really necessary when you are putting your health in the hands of another person to alter.

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