Medical malpractice occurs more often than you might think. According to theInstituteofMedicine, between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die in hospitals each year because of preventable medical errors.
There are many misperceptions about medical malpractice lawsuits floating around out there. Although the perception among many is that doctors and hospitals are being sued for every tiny mistake they make, the truth is that only one in eight preventable medical errors committed in hospitals results in a malpractice lawsuit. Many people also think that huge punitive damages are available in most malpractice cases. The truth is that punitive damages are generally awarded in less than one percent of medical malpractice cases.
Medical malpractice can take many forms. Malpractice can be committed by any health care professional, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, office staff, and more. Malpractice can be a result of a failure to diagnose a problem, a misdiagnosis, improper treatment, a medication error, a surgical error, a failure to follow up, or many more causes. Medical malpractice could result in a complication or disability, either temporary or permanent, or death.
Victims of medical malpractice are entitled to compensation for their injuries. A person who’s injured because of a mistake made by a medical professional can receive compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other compensation. If you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact the Dallas medical malpractice attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. Our firm has significant experience in helping the victims of medical malpractice, and we will be happy to help you get the compensation you deserve for your accident.