Medical Malpractice Can Cause Serious Injuries
Recovering Compensation in a Medical Malpractice Case
There are many ways that medical malpractice can cause serious injuries. One way is by incorrectly diagnosing a patient’s condition. This can lead to the patient receiving the wrong treatment or no medication at all, which can worsen their condition and cause serious health complications.
Another way that malpractice can cause serious injuries is through errors made during surgery. This could include operating on the wrong body part, leaving foreign objects inside the patient or causing damage to surrounding tissues. These errors can often lead to life-threatening infections, organ damage or even death.
Medical malpractice can also occur when medications are incorrectly prescribed or administered. This could result in an overdose or reaction, either of which could cause serious health problems.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of malpractice, it is important to seek legal assistance. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
List of Those Who May Be Liable in a Malpractice Claim
- Pharmacies and pharmacists
- Other healthcare providers
These cases are usually brought against the doctor, pharmacist or hospital, but there are times when other people may also be held liable. If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney to discuss your specific case.
Recovering Compensation if You Were a Victim of Negligence
If you or a loved one has been the victim of malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. This could include damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages (in some cases)
Are Surgical and Other Errors Common?
Unfortunately, malpractice is common across the country. Because of errors such as misdiagnosis or poor treatment, it can adversely affect the outcome for the patient. The following are recent statistics:
- The number of deaths caused by medical errors in the United States has increased to 10 percent, according to a study at Johns Hopkins.
- The New England Journal of Medicine reports that by the age of 65, 99 percent of physicians will have faced at least one lawsuit.
- My Medical Score states that between 7,000 and 9,000 patients die each year because of medication mistakes.
- Thirty-seven percent (according to The Doctors Company) of all malpractice claims result in payouts.
The Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims
Each state has a “statute of limitations” that sets a time limit for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Under Mississippi Code section 15-1-36, this time limit is two years from the date of the injury. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, so it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner.
Diaz Law Firm
Get help from an experienced malpractice attorney. If you or someone you love has been injured by malpractice, you need an experienced attorney on your side. The attorneys at Diaz Law Firm have extensive experience handling these complex cases and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at (800) 459-2222. We can also be contacted online.