Doctors and Other Providers Make Fatal Mistakes with Alarming Frequency. If You Have Lost a Loved One Due to Medical Negligence, Our Lawyers Can Help You Recover Just Compensation.
Medical negligence is a major concern for patients and families in the United States. In 2016, Johns Hopkins Medicine released the results of a study which concluded that medical mistakes are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., following heard disease and cancer. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine:
“Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure . . . surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) third leading cause of death — respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year.”
This means that one in 10 deaths in the United States result from medical negligence, and this means that one in 10 deaths in the United States could be avoided with appropriate patient care.
There is No Excuse for Medical Negligence
Despite the prevalence of serious and fatal medical mistakes, there is no excuse for negligence in the healthcare setting. Doctors may be busy, and hospitals may have to provide treatment to an extraordinary number of patients, but this does not justify rushing diagnoses, mixing up patients’ records, or making other careless mistakes. When medical negligence leads to an untimely death, eligible family members are entitled to financial compensation, and those who are to blame need to be held accountable.
At Oberheiden Law, we handle wrongful death claims on behalf of grieving families nationwide. If you have lost a loved one and suspect that medical negligence may be to blame, our lawyers can evaluate your case and determine if you have a claim for damages. If you do, we will accurately calculate your losses and aggressively pursue just compensation on your behalf, and we will be prepared to take your claim to trial if necessary.
We Represent Families in Cases Involving All Types of Fatal Medical Negligence
Our lawyers are available to represent families nationwide in wrongful death lawsuits involving medical negligence. We have deep experience handling these kinds of cases, and we have a proven track record of securing financial compensation for our clients. We invite you to contact us promptly for a free consultation if you believe that your loved one’s death may have resulted from:
- A misdiagnosis, untimely diagnosis, or failure to diagnose
- A record mix-up or other hospital administration error
- An anesthesia or other medication error
- A mistake during surgery
- A mistake involving an implantable medical device
- Any other form of medical negligence
We handle cases involving failure to timely diagnose cancer, heart disease, and other potentially-fatal health conditions. We handle cases involving prescription errors and overdoses in the healthcare setting, and we handle cases involving delayed surgeries and surgical errors that have fatal complications. Regardless of what happened, if you have any reason to suspect that a medical error may be to blame for your loved one’s untimely death, we strongly encourage you to speak with one of our wrongful death lawyers right away.
When Does a Doctor’s or Hospital’s Mistake Count as Medical Negligence?
In the healthcare setting, doctors and other medical professionals need to be able to exercise a certain amount of judgment. What is necessary in terms of treatment will not always be readily apparent, and in some cases doctors and others need to make decisions based on incomplete information. Sometimes, they get things wrong; and, sometimes, this is justified.
But, in many cases, medical mistakes are not justified. In many cases, doctors and other providers have access to the information they need in order to make a sound medical decision. Yet, they rush their decisions, they overlook information that is right in front of them, and they make other mistakes that can—and should—be avoided.
Determining whether a medical mistake amounts to medical negligence requires an understanding of the relevant standard of care. If a provider meets the requisite standard of care, this is all that is required—even if the provider makes a decision that ultimately proves to be incorrect. If a provider fails to meet the requisite standard of care (as often is the case), then family members can pursue a wrongful death claim for medical negligence.
Find Out if Your Family is Entitled to Financial Compensation for Medical Negligence
If you would like an assessment of your family’s legal rights, we are more than happy to have one of our attorneys review your case in detail. To get started with a free, no-obligation consultation, call 866-376-4871 or submit your case online today.