July is Medical Malpractice Awareness Month
Unfortunately, everyone finds themselves in need of medical care at one point in their lives. While sustaining an illness or injury is simply a part of life, you should never expect to leave a hospital or doctor’s office feeling worse than you did upon entering. However, millions of patients are victims of medical malpractice across the U.S. The National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association has designated July as National Medical Malpractice Awareness Month to ensure our communities are informed, educated, and protected in the event of harm caused by medical error. Working tirelessly with local and national leaders to combat this tragic epidemic, the NMMAA strives to fight for the right to transparency and safer healthcare measures. Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. firmly supports the NMMAA and its noble mission. We will continue to devote our practice to holding responsible parties accountable for their wrongdoing.
When a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or physician fails to uphold an acceptable standard or duty of care, innocent patients are the first to suffer. The harrowing statistics regarding patient deaths are truly frightening, as the NMMAA estimates over 1,200 fatalities occur every day. Though many mistakenly believe medical malpractice is just another term for treating a patient poorly, the reality is far worse. Surviving patients must often adjust to a life of debilitating disabilities or other painful consequences.
What Are Common Examples of Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice can happen in any setting in which a patient is provided substandard treatment, resulting in harm, injury, or death. It comes in many forms, including the following:
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Medication errors
- Failure to monitor
- Failure to warn a patient of known risks
- Hospital-acquired infections
For victims of any of the above, it is vital to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice. Your claim may be complex, requiring an exhaustive investigation and a demanding examination process. To successfully prove a case of negligence, you must provide evidence that your injury is a direct result of another’s actions, or lack thereof, and would not have happened if the misconduct did not occur.
What Causes Medical Malpractice?
Many cases of medical malpractice can be attributed to the actions of a single individual, especially if they are isolated incidents directly related to a specific doctor or physician. A large number of these cases, however, are part of a much larger problem related to the hospital or facility in question. Many factors can play a significant role, including inadequate training, understaffing, insufficient funding, etc. Holding large medical entities liable can be an intimidating challenge to take on, one that requires the expertise and skill of an experienced legal team you can trust.
What Types of Damages Can I Claim?
As a victim of the harm caused by your doctor’s mistakes, you are eligible to fight for your rights to compensation. These damages typically account for any past or future medical expenses, loss of work or wages, increased living expenses, and pain and suffering. Depending on the nature of your injury and how catastrophic it may be, your case may also allow for punitive damages, though these are awarded fairly infrequently.
Established & Qualified Medical Malpractice Attorneys Fighting for Justice
At Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C., we are tenacious in our pursuit of correcting the wrongdoing you and your family have endured at the hands of a negligent or reckless medical professional. We believe every individual who has been harmed in a case of medical malpractice deserves rigorous advocacy and determined representation. Our driven legal team has proven our excellence over the years in successfully delivering clients the most successful outcomes possible. Allow us to fight for you today.
If you are interested in scheduling an initial case evaluation with a member of our firm, call (401) 200-4059.