440,000 people die every year from preventable medical errors
Research shows that 440,000 people die every year from preventable medical errors, which makes these mistakes the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical errors not only take lives, but cost our country tens of billions of dollars every year — making them an epidemic on multiple fronts.
If you’ve been harmed by medical malpractice, the Law Offices of George A. Malliaros can help. We have experience handling medical malpractice cases, and we’re ready to fight on your behalf to recover damages and hold the negligent parties who caused your injuries accountable.
What Is Malpractice?
Hospitals and health care facilities are supposed to be places of healing, but unfortunately, the statistics show that’s not always the case: in the U.S., one in three patients who are admitted to a hospital will experience a medical error.
Of course, patients sometimes experience bad health care outcomes despite the best efforts of capable doctors and nurses; not every patient can be saved. The difference between a bad outcome and malpractice rests on the legal concept of “negligence,” which plays an important part in almost every type of personal injury case.
“Medical negligence” is defined under the law as “an act or omission [meaning a failure to act] by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted medical standard of care.” In other words, if a medical professional harmed you by acting in a way that wasn’t in line with professional standards for their field, you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice.
The law regarding medical malpractice is complicated, so it’s important that you speak with an attorney right away if you think you’ve been harmed by a medical error. An experienced malpractice attorney can evaluate your claim and inform you about your legal options going forward.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can come in many different forms. Some types of actions from medical professionals that might constitute medical malpractice include:
- Failing to diagnose a medical condition during an exam
- Failing to order proper testing
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Disregarding patient history
- Administering an improper medication, or a proper medication in the wrong dosage
- Performing unnecessary surgery, or performing surgery on the wrong site
- Prematurely discharging a patient
- Failing to follow up with a patient or administer after-care
How We Can Help
If you’ve ever tried to break down a hospital bill, you already have an idea how complicated the paperwork can be in our health care system. A medical malpractice case can involve a maze of forms, medical records, and expert witnesses, but we have the experience and resources needed to keep track of everything that’s important to your claim so you don’t have to.
If you’ve been hurt by a medical professional’s mistake, the Law Offices of George A. Malliaros can help you by:
- Providing a free consultation and using our knowledge and experience to evaluate your case
- Investigating the incident and determining who was at fault
- Dealing with insurance company representatives to let them know you mean business
- Calling on expert medical witnesses to provide testimony
- Fighting aggressively on your behalf at the negotiating table and in the courtroom
Contact George A. Malliaros If You’ve Been Hurt
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical error, call the Law Offices of George A. Malliaros right away at (978) 452-6641 or fill out our online contact form to speak with an attorney at no cost to you. Your initial consultation is free, and we handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you won’t pay attorney’s fees unless we achieve a monetary award or settlement on your behalf.
Many people don’t even know they have a potential medical malpractice claim, and they lose their opportunity to file a lawsuit as a result. If you’ve been affected by a medical mistake, don’t try to figure out whether you have a claim on your own — let us evaluate your case free of charge.
You may have a valid case and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but you won’t be able to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations expires, so please don’t delay — contact our offices right away to schedule your free consultation.
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