Has A Medical Error Forever Altered Your Life?
The repercussion from a simple medical error can be life altering and sometimes fatal for the patient. News outlets from print to the web recount stories of patients who left a surgery with surgical tools that were left behind, or who didn’t return home at all because of a medication error. Unfortunately, the number of patients harmed by a medical error continues to rise. In a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) it was estimated that 98,000 Americans are killed by preventable medical errors each year, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In 2010, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services revisited the topic and found that nearly 180,000 hospital deaths in Medicare patients alone were blame because of a medical error or bad hospital care. New estimates recently released in the Journal of Patient Safety show the number of patients who incur a preventable medical error that leads to death is upward of 210,000 and could be as high as 400,000 each year.
What Is A “Preventable Medical Error“?
A preventable medical error is an error that occurred during a patient’s treatment as a result of something that was planned for their treatment but didn’t work out or something that occurred but should not have been included at all, in the medical community these are known as ‘adverse affects’. A medical error can occur across all areas of health care, from hospitals, to outpatient facilities, and even pharmacies. There are numerous examples of what constitutes a medical error, a few examples include:
- ● failure to diagnose, or delay in diagnosis
- ● administering the wrong medication or incorrect dose of medication
- ● administering mulitple medications that interact negatively
- ● performing surgery on the wrong body part
- ● failure to remove all surgical instruments and tools
- ● incorrect or inadequate record keeping
What Can You Do If You Have Been Harmed By A Medical Error?
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical error, contacting an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help to determine if you have a claim that can be pursued. A medical malpractice claim may be able to help you recover payments to help reimburse you for harms you have suffered, including:
- ● past and future medical expenses
- ● lost wages and/or future earnings
- ● pain and suffering
Many people also pursue medical malpractice claims in an effort to help make sure that the same medical error is not repeated. By raising awareness and forcing the negligent healthcare provider to correct the problem, you may be able to help ensure that the same event does not happen to someone else.
Don’t Miss Your Chance to File a Claim!
Time is of the essence when pursuing a medical malpractice claim. Indiana law imposes strict deadlines (also called “statutes of limitations”) in medical malpractice cases that will forever bar the claim if it is not filed in a timely manner. The law relating to the deadline can be exceedingly complex; therefore, one should not delay in consulting a qualified medical malpractice attorney to determine the applicable statute of limitations and review the case.
How to Request a Free Evaluation of Your Claim Today.
If you believe you have been harmed by a medical error and have a potential medical malpractice claim, The Powless Law Firm, P.C. would like to help. You can request a free case consultation today by calling us at 877-769-5377 or by submitting the free case consultation request form on this page. Here is important information you should know about us:
- ● We concentrate upon medical malpractice and nursing home neglect claims only, and have years of experience and success in doing so.
- ● We never represent the negligent hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare providers or their insurers.
- ● We offer free consultations.
- ● We never require any retainer fee.
- ● We accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if we obtain a recovery for you.
- ● We work with a variety of highly qualified medical experts to thoroughly evaluate and present our cases.
- ● We are committed to providing the attention and resources required in these complex cases to help make a difference for those harmed by medical malpractice, and to help force changes that will help protect others.
- ● We accept cases anywhere in Indiana
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