Every year, approximately 1.3 million people visit the emergency room and about 350,000 are hospitalized due to adverse drug events, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has published findings showing adverse reactions to drugs administered by a physician to be one of the leading causes of mortality in health care.
Those who enter the legal profession often do so because they want to make a difference in the world. Becoming a lawyer gives one the opportunity to see big-picture issues crippling a community or society and do something about it. While focusing on wining justice for one victimized party, attorneys simultaneously expose and confront a prevailing problem that would otherwise continue unopposed. We will look at one case example that demonstrates how lawsuits helped to generate positive change in healthcare safety.
You trust your doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals with your health care. When you seek treatment, you expect the symptoms or condition you have to get better—but what happens when the people you’ve entrusted with your care make a mistake? Unfortunately, medical errors do occur and can cause terrible injuries and damages to the patient.
Going to a medical professional to solve a health issue is such a common occurrence, it’s strange to think that they could make a mistake that yields devastating consequences. So how many medial malpractice cases happen every year?
When you go to the hospital, it’s because you need effective care that will treat or heal whatever is ailing you. While most times the doctors and other hospital staff are diligent with your care and ensure that they do their best to treat you, sometimes staff members can be negligent and lead to more harm than good.
If you’ve experienced hospital negligence, then you could use the help of a medical malpractice lawyer who can help you file a claim against the negligent party. At Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we will support you through your case and fight to get you the compensation you deserve for the suffering you have endured.
When a patient is bound to their bed and cannot move, they are at risk of developing bedsores. Pressure sores and pressure ulcers are other words for bedsores, which are sores that form at the pressure points of the patient while lying on their bed for extended periods of time. They range from mild to severe and are ranked in severity by stages.
When a patient develops a stage 4 bedsore, they are at risk of infection and could even develop dead tissue. This is dangerous for regular patients, but especially in the time of COVID-19.
If your loved one is bedridden as well as suffers from other health conditions, they could be at a greater risk for a bedsore. If they develop one and get an infection, the outcome could be deadly. A medical malpractice lawyer from Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC can help you get the justice you deserve for the negligent care of your loved one.
When you or someone you love is experiencing a medical emergency, the last thing on your mind is the possibility that you’ll suffer more because of a negligent doctor’s decisions. When, however, the emergency is made worse because of a medical professionals actions, it’s possible medical malpractice could be involved.
Whether you’re heading to the doctor for an annual physical or you’re being admitted to undergo surgery, paperwork is involved. Sometimes, that paperwork is lengthy and often uses medical jargon that the average person doesn’t understand.
As a patient, it’s important to understand what your rights and obligations are when you enter into a medical facility. While that information should be explained to you clearly, that doesn’t always happen. In order to get a better idea of what all that paperwork means, let’s take a look at what you need to know about signing a waiver at a hospital.
Medical malpractice is one of the most complex areas of personal injury litigation. If you’ve been injured as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, filing a claim can help you recover from your losses. Proving negligence and fault, however, is not an easy task. Medical terminology is confusing and without the proper breakdown, proving injury can seem impossible. When you work with a lawyer from Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we have the ability to bring an expert witness in to speak on your behalf and prove you were wronged. Let’s take a look at what an expert witness does in a medical malpractice trial.
If you’ve been injured by a government agency, you can take legal action to hold the entity responsible, just like you can file a claim against any person or business. Taking action against a government agency, whether it be city, town, county, state, or federal, is a more complex matter. Claimants need to follow specific steps and abide by all deadlines.
In general, bringing a case against a government agency involves shorter time limits, strict notice requirements, and the possibility of immunity. There are a number of ways a person can be injured by a government employee or agency. If, for example, you were injured by a negligent physician while being treated at a federal hospital, you wouldn’t be dealing with a typical medical malpractice claim.
To build a strong case against a government agency and be awarded the compensation you deserve, it’s important to understand how suing an entity like that works and what factors could impact your claim.
Physicians and medicine have been mentioned in some of the earliest laws ever discovered by historians. Medical malpractice litigation spans back thousands of year. There’s even a Babylonian code dating back to 1794 BC that mentions the repercussions for medical mistakes and promoting the idea that doctors should face punishments if they wrongfully harm a patient.
In the United States, however, the first case came about in 1794 after a patient died during an operation. The victim’s husband brought the case forward and won because the physician did not operate as skillfully as promised. After that, there was a large increase in med mal claims and the American Medical Association was founded. The litigation process has been designed to promote extensive discovery and negotiations between the opposing parties to encourage a resolution without going to trial.