Medical malpractice law deals with the tens of thousands of instances of substandard medical care that occurs each year in the United States. There are a myriad examples of medical malpractice; just a fraction of the categories of medical malpractice are as follows:
- the wrong medication is administered to a patient, or the wrong dosage is given, resulting in illness or death
- a surgeon accidentally cuts a blood vessel or organ
- anesthesia is administered incorrectly
- birth trauma and perinatal-care mistakes
- a surgical instrument is left inside a patient after surgery
- improper interpretation of X-rays, MRI, or other imaging modality
- transfusion errors
- falls, infections, burns, or pressure ulcers incurred at a hospital or other healthcare setting
- misdiagnosis of a life-threatening condition, or a delay in diagnosis
- surgery on the wrong body part or even on the wrong patient
- a patient’s consent for a procedure is not obtained
- misuse of medical devices
- delegation of important medical procedure to inexperienced junior staff
- mistakes or negligent conduct by a paramedic, EMT (emergency medical technician), pharmacist, midwife or other healthcare provider
Medical Malpractice Occurs All Over the U.S.
Medical malpractice may leave an individual with a crippling disease, disability, or disfigurement, and thousands of deaths each year are attributed to medical malpractice across the United States. Unfortunately, the reputation of a hospital or doctor is no guarantee that substandard medical care will not occur. For instance, in 2007, actor Dennis Quaid’s twin infants nearly died from heparin poisoning at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, one of the most highly respected hospitals in the U.S.
Legal Representation Is Fundamental
It’s crucial that an individual or family impacted by medical malpractice get aggressive, knowledgeable legal representation. A hospital, physician or other healthcare provider that has committed medical malpractice will certainly have its own legal representation — and so will its insurers. It is therefore, crucial to obtain representation from an attorney, not only with experience, but who is not afraid to stand up to large medical groups and insurance companies.
Get the Appropriate Compensation and Benefits
Moreover, if you have suffered severe injuries or impairments such that you can no longer work in your current job or any other job, you may be entitled to various benefits, including Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Short-term or Long-Term Disability, and Disability Retirement through your employer. Our experienced attorneys can help guide you through this often difficult and time-consuming process, from the initial application, to appeals and hearings as necessary, in order to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.