Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical errors are one of the nation's leading causes of death and injury. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), more than half of the adverse medical events occurring each year are due to preventable medical errors, and somewhere between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year as the direct result--more than the number of people who die from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. These estimates are for deaths only and do not include negative effects associated with disability or discomfort. Evidence from several other studies indicates that between 20 percent and 30 percent of all patients receive inappropriate care. The cost associated with these errors--lost income, disability, and healthcare expenses--exceeds $29 billion annually.
When an injury or death occurs as the result of medical error, a thorough investigation and evaluation--conducted by a personal injury attorney with direct experience handling medical malpractice cases--is always the best way to both prove the medical malpractice injury or wrongful death and to assure the full measure of compensation. To find an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to handle a claim in your area, contact the law offices of Schwartz Roller LLP. Our personal injury lawyers and medical malpractice injury attorneys handle hundreds of medical malpractice accident cases every year and have a record of obtaining swift justice and favorable settlements for patients and their families.
What You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice Injury Lawsuits
Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical professional to exercise the degree of care, skill, and treatment deemed acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent healthcare providers in similar roles under similar circumstances. It refers to improper, untimely, or otherwise negligent performance, diagnosis, or treatment by a physician, hospital staff member, lab technician, or other healthcare worker. Medical malpractice can involve misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, surgical mistakes, medication errors, birth-related injuries, improper administration of anesthesia, and hundreds of other common interactions between patients and care givers anywhere in the healthcare system.
According to estimates, at least 25 percent of practicing physicians are sued annually for medical malpractice, and an estimated 50-65 percent of physicians are sued at least once during their career. Between 1990 and 2004, nearly 192,000 medical malpractice reports were made to the National Practitioner Databank regarding physicians in the US. More than 1,530 medical malpractice reports were made regarding resident or intern physicians during the same time period.
Every medical malpractice lawsuit is different, but there are three general categories: failure to warn a patient of known risks, improper treatment, and failure to diagnose. Specific professional standards for reasonable and appropriate behavior are applied within each category. In general, the severity of the injury or damages is what determines the amount of money to which a medical malpractice victim is entitled. Different states have different statutes regulating when medical malpractice lawsuits may be filed, as well as the amount of money that can be awarded for damages.
Why You Need an Experienced Medical Malpractice Injury Lawyer
Medical malpractice lawsuits are extremely complicated, representing some of the most difficult, exhausting, and expensive to prosecute of all civil lawsuits. For those who feel they are victims of medical malpractice, the only legal recourse is filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, healthcare facility, lab, or medical professional responsible. A lawsuit is the only way for patients injured by medical negligence to get the money they need to pay for the medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost income that results from a serious injury or wrongful death due to medical malpractice.
In order to sue a doctor for malpractice, the victim's lawyer must show that the treatment received was not up to the accepted medical standard of care, and that this lack of care on the part of those named in the suit directly caused injury, damages, or death. Proving medical malpractice and determining liability can be an arduous and lengthy process requiring extensive investigations, technical fact-finding, and testimony from a variety of experts. The process generally involves attaining and evaluating medical records and other relevant materials, as well as understanding the victim's rights and legal options. If it appears that the case is strong enough, the next step in the process involves giving written notification of the claims to the parties alleged accountable, followed by litigation and/or mediation and negotiation.
Given the complexity of the legal and liability issues involved in medical malpractice injury claims, hiring a skilled personal injury lawyer or medical malpractice injury attorney to investigate, litigate, negotiate, and resolve claims is especially critical. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death as the result of medical treatment or procedures, use the convenient form on this Web site to contact the personal injury attorneys at Schwartz Roller LLP and receive a free, confidential evaluation of your case.
Our skilled medical malpractice lawyers have developed a comprehensive, aggressive approach to obtaining generous settlements for those who have been injured or killed due to medical errors or the adverse effects of medical treatment--an approach that often avoids the lengthy process of litigation. They know how work within the medical law system of each jurisdiction and secure the services of the very best local and national experts to assess each case and pursue resolution of claims as quickly and favorably as possible.
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