Patients have the right to a certain level of care and protection from harm when obtaining medical care. When physicians, surgeons, nurses, chiropractors and other medical professionals make errors or mistakes during treatment that cause substantial harm, they may be liable for injuries to the patient. Our legal team at Harman Law Firm has decades of experience fighting for our clients that have been harmed by medical errors and mistakes, working hard to obtain compensation for injured patients in medical malpractice lawsuits.
What is medical malpractice? It is important to know the difference between a bad outcome and medical malpractice. Not all medical treatments are successful or have the desired outcomes. Risks for complications and poor results are a normal aspect of most medical treatments. Before treatment, patients should receive information on the risks and possible negative outcomes. Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured or harmed due to medical errors, lack of consent or substandard care. It must be evident that the medical professional did not provide the level of care needed to prevent injury or harm to the patient.
Third Leading Cause of Death
Medical errors and medical malpractice cases are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. This is unacceptable, as medical malpractice deaths are always preventable. While not all medical malpractice deaths are uncovered, it is believed that 250,000 to 440,000 deaths occur each year. Only heart disease and cancer kill more people each year. Reports from researchers put medical malpractice fatality numbers higher than deaths from respiratory diseases, auto accidents, strokes and many other causes. According to a John Hopkin’s study, medical malpractice is an under-recognized cause of death and may represent 10% of all deaths in the U.S.
Types of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Medical malpractice lawsuits are designed to help victims and their families recover compensation for serious injuries or death caused by medical errors. These lawsuits can also help identify poor medical standards used by medical professionals and facilities, which can help prevent future injuries to other patients. Our team at Harman Law can use our extensive experience and resources to help our clients who were injured while receiving medical care. Our legal team can undertake the following medical malpractice lawsuits:
- Birth Injury
- Medical Misdiagnosis
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Wernicke Encephalopathy Claims
Medical malpractice lawsuits are extremely complex and require intricate knowledge of medical law and practices. It is not uncommon for medical malpractice lawsuits to take a year or more to research and compile evidence. However, the benefits for the victims can be substantial and worth the extensive amount of time and effort required to pursue a medical malpractice claim.
If you or a family member have been harmed by medical negligence, contact our team at Harman Law Firm. Our legal team will listen to your case and determine whether we can successfully pursue compensation for your injuries. When we accept a medical malpractice case, we never ask for payment up front – you only pay us if we obtain a financial award for your case. Call us today at our office in Augusta, GA, for a free medical malpractice legal consultation.