Medical malpractice continues to be a significant safety concern for patients. The mistake of a medical professional can result in severe injury, brain damage, paralysis and wrongful death. In fact, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States (Journal of the American Medical Association). It’s a complicated case type, which is why it’s crucial for victims to seek legal representation from an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
There are several things victims and their families should know about medical malpractice before filing a claim.
How do I know if I’m a victim?
If your injury was directly caused by the negligence or actions of a physician, nurse or surgeon, then you are eligible for a medical malpractice claim. However, there are times when a negative outcome occurs despite the best efforts of the medical professional. In these instances, malpractice or negligence does not apply to the circumstances of the injury. A medical malpractice attorney has the resources necessary to help determine whether the action or inaction of the physician resulted in an otherwise preventable tragedy.
What are the most common causes?
While there are many specific actions or inactions that result in malpractice, the common thread in all cases is the mental state of the healthcare professional. External distractions, complacency, tunnel vision, fatigue, lack of training, and internal problems all play a role in a medical professional’s ability to administer quality care.
Is there a statute of limitations?
The statute of limitations varies from state to state, so it’s important to file a claim and assess your options as soon as possible. If you feel you have been the victim of medical malpractice, then seek legal representation immediately.
Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska will review the details of your case, secure necessary medical records, and interview all those who were involved. Our medical malpractice attorneys will help determine your best plan of action, in order to achieve the positive results you deserve!