According to one study, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that there are 400,000 premature deaths per year associated with preventable harm in hospitals.
Countless other patients sustain serious personal injury as a result of mistakes that occur during surgery, from a wrong or missed diagnosis, or from a medication error. Wrong limbs are removed, tests that prove serious illness are ignored, injury or death is sustained at birth, or patients die from negligence in nursing homes or care facilities. Doctors and other health care providers make mistakes – like any other professionals. When their mistakes fall below the standard of care and cause injury, they are held responsible under medical negligence or malpractice laws.
Instead of admitting accountability, medical professionals, hospitals or nursing homes often choose to ignore the harm they have caused. Many facilities have large risk assessment departments that defend their staff, and help the insurance company avoid taking care of victims. Medical negligence cases are often complex. Expert testimony is required in nearly every case to show that a health care practitioner has fallen below the standard of care. Investigative review is necessary to assess accountability. Though cases may be settled or resolved, insurance companies increasingly choose to litigate these complex and expensive cases. When you or a family member is hurt or dies as a result of medical negligence, seek advice from an experienced law firm. Consult with Hartley, Rowe & Fowler, P.C. attorneys before agreeing with an insurance company. You may be signing away your rights.