Shockingly, hundreds of thousands of Americans die every year due to some form of medical malpractice. Although the U.S. is one of the most advanced and desired places to live in the world, the standard of medical care is severely lacking as countless patients are adversely and permanently affected by the neglect or misconduct of their doctors or hospitals. Typically, we blindly trust physicians and medical professionals to uphold an acceptable standard of care while providing expert medical support, healing, and treatment. While no patient deserves to leave the hospital in a worsened condition, millions of innocents are victims of medical malpractice across the nation.
In an effort to combat this alarming epidemic, The National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association has designated July as National Medical Malpractice Awareness Month and continues to keep our communities informed of their rights and options in case of injury. The NMMAA is a respected organization that fights to improve patient safety and duty of care by working diligently with lawmakers and leaders on the local, state, and federal levels. While the majority of doctors and nurses perform their duties admirably and expertly, tragic cases of malpractice continue to occur. When these mistakes or oversights happen, the consequences are often catastrophic and lead to serious injury or death. If you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, know you are not alone and you have the right to aggressively pursue compensation for this tragedy.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?
Determining liability for medical malpractice is one of the most complex and exhaustive procedures of this process, as there are numerous individuals and entities that can be held responsible for the incident at hand. All licensed health care providers may play a contributing role in your injury or illness, including primary care doctors, surgeons, nurses, dentists, psychologists, as well as a number of other medical professionals. However, not every instance of medical malpractice can be accurately credited to the actions of a particular individual. Many cases are simply a small part of a much larger problem related to seemingly untouchable entities, such as hospitals, businesses, or other medical facilities. Going after these powerful and intimidating forces can be a challenge, though not an impossible one.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is limitless and can take place at any level of care, which is why these cases are some of the most legally complicated and arduous. Although it can take place in many different forms, the highest number of claims of medical malpractice have historically occurred due to the following types of claims:
- Birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, brain damage, and other physical or cognitive disabilities
- Surgical errors, including wrong-site surgery or forgotten surgical tools
- Medication errors, such as overprescribing, inadequate instructions, or prescribing the wrong medication
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose a known disease or illness
- Failure to monitor
- Failure to warn a patient of known risks regarding any medical treatment, surgery, or procedure
- Hospital-acquired infections like pneumonia or sepsis
Compensation for Injured Patients & Their Families
Depending on the specifics of each individual case, victims and their families may be eligible to claim general, special, and punitive damages for what they have endured. Quantifiable expenses such as medical bills, loss of work or wages, and other tangible costs are covered by special damages. These are often straightforward and can be linked to a paper trail, though a financial expert may help determine the specifics. General damages refer to the patient’s pain and suffering, both physically and mentally. This may be harder to precisely establish as it addresses indefinable issues like the loss of enjoyment of life. In rare and extreme cases, punitive damages may be awarded when the responsible party knowingly behaved as they did. However, these damages are capped to a certain degree.
Are You A Victim of Medical Malpractice? Contact Our Qualified & Strongminded Legal Team Today
At Tate Law Group, LLC, our skilled, top-rated medical malpractice attorneys are committed to helping injured patients maximize their recovery. Our firm’s unparalleled experience and record of success speak on our behalf. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries at the hands of a negligent or reckless medical professional, we are prepared to fight to win. Rest assured you are in the hands of determined legal advocates who will provide you and your family the peace of mind and justice you deserve.
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