Although you might see coverage of high-profile medical malpractice lawsuits from time to time, surgical errors, misdiagnosis cases and other instances of medical malpractice are much more common than you might think. Many patients adversely affected by the actions or neglect of a doctor or hospital never pursue their cases and find justice. Many more never even know or understand that they are victims of medical malpractice.
An estimated 225,000 people die each year from some form of medical malpractice; this includes incorrect dosages of medication, surgical errors and wrong diagnosis. Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider, whose treatment or omission of treatment departs from a standard of care met by those with similar training and experience which results in harm to the patient.
Treatment errors and other mistakes made to Medicare patients are reported by hospitals in only 14% of cases according to a 2012 study released by the US Department of Health and Human services. The Journal of the American Medical Associations reports that 106000 patients die each year because of the negative effects of their medication and The Institute of Medicine estimates that medication errors are the most common medical errors, with 1.5 million people suffering injury from these mistakes each year.
The sad fact is that only 2% of those who suffer from medical malpractice ever file claims for compensation. We here at Grabb & Durando believe that every patient deserves the most careful and comprehensive care available. Founded in 1994 we specialize only in personal injury law and we will aggressively represent your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Covering lost wages, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, helping not only you but also making a difference for future patients.