A Brief Rundown of Medical MalpracticeAuthor: Portner & Shure
With all the advancements in medicine and technology, we trust that our healthcare professionals will perform their duties in the most professional and responsible manner possible to help us overcome our injury or illness. With their many years of training and experience, we expect them to accurately and effectively diagnose and treat us in times of medical need. Unfortunately, medical malpractice and negligence occur more often than it should which can lead to serious personal injury or even death.
In the U.S., statistics show that there is an inordinate amount of preventable deaths each year attributed to medical malpractice. In fact, in 2016, a medical error was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. with over 250,000 deaths. The top five specialties that had the most medical malpractice claims included internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, OB-GYN, and orthopedic surgery.
The most common causes of medical malpractice and negligence in these fields were:
- Diagnosis error
- Surgical error
- Treatment error
- Obstetrics error
- Prescription error
- Anesthesia error
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals often work long hours and are prone to both mental and physical fatigue. This can lead to bad judgment when making decisions for your diagnosis or treatment. However, if a medical professional lacks sufficient training or is generally unqualified to perform their duties, medical malpractice or negligence may result as well.
Fortunately, our lawyers at Portner & Shure have extensive experience helping victims of medical malpractice. We understand how injuries from malpractice can negatively impact your life and the life of your family. Because of the unexpected medical bills, follow-up care, and even lifelong complications that may arise from this type of injury our attorneys will fight on your behalf to secure the maximum compensation you deserve.
We can pursue compensation for:
- Present and future medical and rehabilitation bills
- Lost wages from time missed at work
- Diminished earning capacity or loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Funeral and burial expenses in cases of wrongful death
At Portner & Shure, we have over 20 years of experience helping individuals who have suffered various forms of injury due to another’s negligence. Our proven track record of successful settlements and trial awards is proof that we take our clients’ cases seriously and work diligently until you get the justice you deserve.
If you’d like to learn more about medical malpractice and to see if you have a case, please contact us today for a free consultation at (855) 954-4141. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. We work on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless your case is successful.