|Posted on March 23, 2017 in Medical Malpractice |
Medical malpractice is much more widespread than you think. While most medical care is appropriate, sometimes mistakes and negligence cause catastrophic consequences.
Unfortunately, most patients are unaware that they are victims of malpractice, or they just assume they have no options available to them after an injury caused by a medical professional due to negligence or a medical device.
The fact is, malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, reports Forbes. In 2012 alone, more than $3 billion was spent on these types of lawsuits, and that means about one payout was issued for medical malpractice every 43 minutes.
The number of injuries and deaths due to medical malpractice is most likely underreported because not all patients are aware they are even the victims of Medical Malpractice.
The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys defines malpractice as an occurrence where a hospital, physician or other healthcare professional negligently acts (or omits action) resulting in injury to a patient. This negligence can be a treatment error, missed diagnosis or an aftercare error.
For a case to qualify for medical malpractice, there must be several characteristics present.
It is easy to assume that nothing is wrong. After all, it is human nature to trust a physician. They are professionals, and one would expect them to offer superior standards of care. Patients often tend to be generally understanding of hardships in medical procedures.
However, there are signs that malpractice has occurred. These include:
If you suspect that you or a loved one are the victim of medical malpractice in Kansas or Missouri, speak with an experienced Kansas City medical malpractice attorney immediately. The faster an attorney gets involved, the faster he or she may be able to determine your case’s viability and begin the process of getting you the compensation you deserve.
The team of attorneys at Wendt Law Firm, P.C. is here to hold negligent physicians accountable for their actions and oversight. Contact us today, we’ll review your case for free and determine if we can help.