A recent Johns Hopkins University study found that more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year from medical errors. Other reports estimate the number may be as high as 440,000 people. Nevertheless, most agree that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, which is a staggering reality.
So what really is a medical error or rather, medical malpractice? According to medical malpractice Attorney James R. Howell, when a health care provider fails to deliver the “standard of care” and it results in harm, injury or even death, medical malpractice may have occurred.
Here is an example scenario: If a patient arrives in an Emergency Room complaining of severe chest pain, the “standard of care” would require the health care provider to order an EKG, chest Xray and blood work. That’s because a reasonable health care provider knows that severe chest pain could be a sign or symptom of a heart attack.
If the health care provider does not take those steps and instead, sends the patient home where they have a heart attack and die, medical malpractice has occurred.
When to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
At PHP Law Firm in Wichita, Kansas, we understand that determining whether medical malpractice has occurred can be overwhelming. Every case is different and no conclusions should be drawn without first consulting with an attorney about the specifics of your case.
That’s why our team offers free consultations to talk through your situation with a legal professional. Our main goal is making it possible for the patient and/or their loved ones to move forward again, so we do not charge a fee unless we win compensation for you.
If you think you or your loved one is the victim of medical malpractice, please contact us directly at (316) 683-9080. We look forward to speaking with you!