When we are patients, we expect medical health providers to deliver best standard of care. We put our lives in the hands of emergency rooms, doctors, nurses, and nursing homes.
A medical mistake can have much more serious results than any other profession. sever permanent injuries, and even death are common in the medical field.
A recent study by Johns Hopkins reveals that medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in America. According to the Institute for Safe Medical Practice, every year medical errors injured at least 1.5 million Americans and cost the healthcare system more than 3.5 billion U.S. dollars.
Medical malpractice cases are hard to prove. A patient who has injuries that may be due to a medical mistake must show that there was a breach in the standard of care they were given. It must be proven that that breach caused their injury.
Standard of care is is the proper treatment accepted by most professionals given to patients. Standard of care is also called standard therapy, best practice, and standard medical care.
Healthcare professionals owe duties to their patients. These are:
If a medical professional breaches any of these duties, there may be cause for action. Because of negligence, a patient may be able to recover damages through a malpractice claim.
Expensive ongoing medical care for your injuries is a good sign that you may have a claim. The Lake Charles team at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has over 20 years of experience with medical malpractice claims. We can help you by:
If you or a family member has injuries or died due to the a medical error, you may qualify for compensation.
Call our Lake Charles, Louisiana office today for a FREE review of your personal injury case. We typically work on a contingent agreement basis, which means our fees are contingent upon the outcome of your case.
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Medical Malpractice can include many different types of claims. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has experience handling hospital negligence, injuries from anesthesia mistakes, failures to diagnose and treat illnesses, emergency room and surgical errors.
Each year 440,000 Americans experience a preventable injury while they are hospitalized.
Hospitals are usually responsible for the negligence of a doctor if the physician is not a private contractor. If the hospital hires an incompetent or dangerous doctor, nurse or other type of employee, they can be liable.
In other words, if the employee is negligent the hospital will usually be on the hook for any resulting injuries to the patient.
Errors in medication are common in the health care field. 42% of injuries happened during the middle of anesthesia.
65-87% of deaths during anesthesia were caused by human error in several studies.
The 3 most common causes of medication dosing errors were found to be:
Reasons for Anesthesia Complications:
Johns Hopkins University found that, “among malpractice claims, diagnostic errors appear to be the most common, most costly, and most dangerous of medical mistakes.”
When doctors fail to treat a medical condition by “dismissing” the symptoms, it is the most common way they are negligent.
Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis of an illness or injury are the basis of many medical malpractice lawsuits.
Even highly experienced and competent doctors make diagnostic errors. Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose that result in a worsening of the condition can be actionable.
According to BMC Emergency Medicine, 60 % of mistakes in emergency departments are due to human error.
The Doctors Company found 52% of malpractice cases were due to lack of getting all clinical information available.
This included not noticing important information in the health record and not ordering a required test, leading to an incorrect diagnosis or premature discharge.
A study released on WebMD, looked at malpractice claims for surgical “never events.” The term “never events” represent surgical errors that should never have happened. For example, when a surgeon performs the wrong procedure.In the study, 9,744 paid malpractice judgments and claims cost $1.3 billion.
Johns Hopkins researchers estimate that a surgeon in the United States leaves a foreign object inside a patient’s body after an operation 39 times a week, performs a procedure on the wrong patient 20 times a week and operates on the wrong part of the body 20 times a week.
If you think you may have a medical malpractice claim, let our attorneys and staff help you. We will hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Call our Lake Charles, Louisiana lawyers for a free review of your malpractice case. We also work on a no win/no pay basis, so you can afford a lawyer. Don’t Delay, Call Clay!