West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider’s action or inaction deviates from the accepted standards of medical practice resulting in an injury to a patient. In other words, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or nurse fails to exercise reasonable care in prescribing and/or delivering treatment to a patient.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is much more common than you may think. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, treatment errors and mistakes made in the provision of health care to Medicare patients are reported by hospitals in only 14% of the cases. This means that 86% of these errors go unreported. Hospital medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Preventable adverse events lead to the death of 210,000 to 400,000 patients who seek care at hospitals each year. Moreover, 1 out of every 8 patients nationally suffers a potentially avoidable complication during a hospital stay. Contact our West Palm Beach medical malpractice attorneys for more information.
Common Medical Malpractice
Researchers at the Harvard School of Medicine found approximately 18% of patients in hospitals are injured during the course of their care and that many of those injuries are life-threatening or fatal. Moreover, the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services found that 1 in 7 Medicare patients are injured during hospital stays.
When you seek advice or treatment from your healthcare provider, you should trust that person will act in your best interest for your physical and emotional health as well as your safety. Despite the wonders of modern medicine, in today’s health care environment factors such as heavy patient loads, demanding schedules, and costs – containment incentives by health insurance companies, too often lead to mistakes. Whenever a patient’s health and safety is compromised because of human error and clear negligence, permanent injuries can result.
The aftermath of medical malpractice can be simply a nightmare. The injuries can lead to large medical expenses for additional treatment, lost time from work, and an inability to earn a living. The medical malpractice statute is complex and requires experienced counsel to guide you through the process.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC help people obtain justice for their injuries. We have the experience to properly advise you to obtain fair and just compensation. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call and let our experienced West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Attorneys fight for you.