All medical procedures come with some level of accepted risk. Unfavorable results may be one of these. However, not achieving ideal results does not automatically indicate negligence. Sometimes, even tragic outcomes are simply unavoidable.
Unfavorable results may occur regardless of the steps taken by a medical professional. There are factors beyond the control of even the most attentive and adept physicians. But when unfavorable results can be attributed to carelessness or another form of malpractice, you may be entitled to hold the responsible healthcare provider accountable and to seek damages for your medical expenses and personal pain and suffering.
Identifying Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is not always easy to identify. There can be many contributing factors to medical injury, making it essential that your case is reviewed by a qualified expert who can pour over the details of your care to identify even the subtlest signs of negligence.
When you sustain injury from medical malpractice, it may initially seem like an unavoidable complication. Unless your case is reviewed by someone who can identify medical malpractice, you may be cheated out of the compensation to which your injury has entitled you. This is just one reason it makes sense to discuss any injury sustained while under the care of a medical professional with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly nine percent of surgeons who responded to a 2009 Mayo Clinic survey believed they had made at least one major surgical mistake during the previous three months. An alarming 1.5% of these physicians suggested their mistake resulted in patient death.
There is a recourse, and in a nation with advanced healthcare and strict standards for patient care, all instances of negligence demand swift and aggressive legal action.
How Difficult is it to Win a Medical Malpractice Case?
The National Institutes of Health reports that physicians win 50 percent of the time even when strong evidence is presented.
Your chances of holding a negligent healthcare provider accountable for his or her actions is improved by securing experienced legal counsel first. Having a medical malpractice attorney on your side can be helpful on several fronts, not the least of which is protecting you from coercion or intimidation from hospital legal teams while collecting evidence to prove your claim.
Kline & Specter, PC has secured a number of significant medical malpractice settlements and verdicts including a $57 million verdict for a child whose birth injury resulted in cerebral palsy and a $33.1 million settlement for the family of a woman whose delayed breast cancer diagnosis resulted in her death. If you are in need of a medical malpractice lawyer with proven results and a long history of helping victims of medical negligence, please use the contact form on this page or call our office to schedule your free consultation right away.