About 80,000 people die from medical malpractice in the United States each year, almost twice as many than are killed in car accidents. It is estimated that only 2% of medical malpractice victims seek compensation through use of a medical malpractice lawyer.
Victims of medical malpractice and their families are devastated and shocked, their lives are in a state of disarray. Pain and suffering, prolonged recovery time, death, loss of a loved one, permanent disability, prolonged loss of income and greatly increased medical bills can all come suddenly crashing down on malpractice victims and their loved ones. In the midst of such a tragedy most find it difficult or impossible to find the time, energy, or presence of mind to seek compensation. However, as long as these terrible mistakes go unreported and unpunished, they will continue to occur at alarming rates.
Common types of medical malpractice include:
- Dental malpractice.
- Emergency room errors.
- Surgical mistakes.
- Failure to diagnose cancer.
- Failure to diagnose meningitis.
- Failure to diagnose a primary immunodeficiency disease.
- Failure to diagnose strokes.
- Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery malpractice.
- Prescription error.
- Gastric bypass malpractice.
- Obstetrical negligence.
- Laboratory testing procedures.
The aftermath of medical malpractice often involves a heavy financial burden. While the physical and emotional damage cannot be repaired by money alone, the financial devastation can be offset. Compensation often means that victims and their families can afford the medical follow-up necessary to reverse or improve the damage caused by medical malpractice.
Victims of medical malpractice and their families may receive compensation for:
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of income.
- Past and future medical expenses.
- Permanent disability.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Long-term care.
- Loss of companionship.
Medical malpractice is all too common. Unless victims pursue these cases, negligent medical care providers will continue to engage in dangerous practices. Responsible parties in medical malpractice cases are not limited to doctors, but can be any type of health care provider including:
- Emergency room staff.
- Government institutions.
- Pharmaceutical companies.
If you or a loved one has suffered or died as a result of medical malpractice contact the Nordstrom Law Firm today at 509-924-8000 or through our contact form.