At Bainum Law, our experienced Cache Valley attorney can help you recover any damages caused by medical malpractice.
WHAT IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to fulfill their duty by action or inaction and causes injury to a patient. According to the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, to be considered medical malpractice, a claim must show: a violation of the standard of care, an injury caused by negligence, and significant damages caused by the injury. You may be surprised that misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are also classified as medical malpractice. Other examples of medical malpractice include:
● Misreading or ignoring laboratory
● Unnecessary surgery
● Surgical errors
● Improper medication or dosage
● Poor follow-up or aftercare
● Premature discharge
● Disregarding or not taking
appropriate patient history
● Failure to order proper testing
● Failure to recognize symptoms
HOW OFTEN DOES MEDICAL MALPRACTICE OCCUR?
According to an eight-year study by Johns Hopkins University, nearly 250,000 individuals died because of medical errors or negligence, which makes it one of the leading causes of death in the United States. However, only about 85,000 medical malpractice lawsuits are filed each year.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT?
A majority of medical malpractice claims end in settlement, meaning only a small percentage go to trial. While each case varies, the average settlement in the United States is about $400,000. Many factors affect the medical malpractice settlement amount, such as the severity of the injury, the resulting damages caused by the injury, and more. Your personal injury lawyer can discuss your specific medical malpractice case with you in detail.
WHEN SHOULD YOU TALK TO A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?
Our trusted Cache Valley attorney will help you get your medical malpractice case started by walking you through the legal procedure, working with you to gain evidence, and identifying the amount of compensation you deserve based on the surrounding factors. With an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side, you can better navigate the medical malpractice lawsuit process. If you or a loved one have been a medical malpractice victim, contact our trusted Cache Valley attorney at (435) 753-2000.