Medical malpractice often wish they could turn back the clock and reverse their clients’ medical malpractice injuries. While that’s not possible, we can help our clients to receive the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering, wage loss, medical bills, and other damages.
Sometimes medical malpractice can lead to death, and an attorney will help the family who lost their loved one to receive compensation for that devastating loss. If you or a loved one has suffered injury at the hands of a medical professional, call us, the Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates now, for a free, confidential case evaluation (1-800-992-6878).
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional breaches a duty of care to a patient, and that breach causes injury to the patient. In other words, med mal means that the professional acted without due care or didn’t follow standard protocols applicable to the medical profession (i.e. the medical professional was negligent).
There are Three Elements of Proof in a Successful Medical Malpractice Case
- We will help you to show that a medical professional had a duty to exercise due care AND
- That medical professional failed to exercise due care AND
- You (or your loved one) were hurt.
Shocking Medical Malpractice Stats
- Med malpractice kills 225,000 people each year (National Institute of Health).
- 12,000 people die each year from unnecessary surgery (New York Times).
- Just 2% of all people injured file legal claims for compensation (Healthgrades study).
- Preventable medical errors in hospitals killed 195,000 people in 2002.
- The side effects of medication kill 106,000 people annually (Journal of the American Medical Association).
- 50% of all med mallegal claims are filed against surgeons (Bureau of Justice Statistics).
- 1,500,000 people suffer injury or death from medication errors each year (Institute of Medicine).
- 3,529 med malpayment reports were made against physicians in Massachusetts 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS).
- 849 med malpayment reports were made against physicians in Rhode Island 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS).
Who Commits Medical Malpractice?
While surgeons are the most likely to be sued for malpractice, malpractice can be committed by any medical professional including a: doctor, nurse, pharmacist, athletic trainer, nursing assistant, physician’s assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, dentist, orthodontist, or anyone else working in the medical profession.
Where Can I get Help if I’ve Been Injured by a Medical Professional?
The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates are prepared to help if you or a loved has been injured by any medical professional. We will work to get you the compensation payments you deserve.
We understand what it takes to navigate the medical, legal, and insurance systems. We can handle all the tedious paperwork and all of the legal hoops so you don’t have to. If you think that you may have a medical malpractice claim, email us or call the Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates now for FREE confidential case evaluation. For your convenience, our telephones are answered 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (1-800-992-6878).