Only heart disease and cancer claim more lives in the United States than medical negligence, from which more than 250,000 people die each year. Throughout my career as a medical malpractice lawyer Memphis TN trusts, I’ve met many people whose lives have been changed forever by a healthcare professional’s mistake.
Here’s what you should know about medical malpractice, and if you think you have a case, give us a call at (901) 327-2100.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor, nurse, or any other healthcare professional injures a patient, whether through an error in diagnosis, treatment, medication dosage, or surgical errors.
Here are common forms of medical malpractice:
- Failure to diagnose
- Misreading or ignoring results
- Unnecessary surgery
- Surgical errors
- Wrong site surgery
- Improper medication
- Poor aftercare
- Premature discharge
- Disregarding patient history
- Failure to order testing
- Failure to recognize symptoms
Many victims of medical malpractice do not pursue a claim.
Even though hundreds of thousands of people die from medical malpractice each year, these cases make up only 15% of all personal injury lawsuits.
Many legitimate claims are not explored, often because of fear. Sometimes patients worry that if a doctor learns of their case, they won’t receive treatment in the future. Others worry, incorrectly, that a doctor will charge them more. Whatever your concerns, if you have a case, our lawyers will fight for justice on your behalf.
Determining medical negligence is complicated.
In order to move forward with a case, a patient has to prove that significant damages resulted from the injury, and that they occurred because of medical malpractice.
You have to be able to definitively prove that the doctor was negligent. It’s important to remember that a bad outcome is not synonymous with medical negligence. So if you’ve received unfavorable test results, that does not mean you have a case.
That also applies to procedures and treatments that come with known risks. If serious injury or death occurs but it isn’t the fault of the doctor or medical care team, that wouldn’t constitute negligence.
If you suspect that your healthcare professional has been negligent, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney TN trusts.
Medical malpractice cases are complicated. They can be stressful and time-consuming. So if you think you’ve experienced negligent care, your first step should be to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney TN trusts.
If you or a loved one experienced medical malpractice, we can help. Call (901) 327-2100 or contact us here.