Millions of people visit the hospital each year for reasons ranging from yearly checkups and the common cold to more serious complications, such as conditions that warrant surgery. However, while many people visit the hospital, it is doubtful that anyone seeks medical care thinking that their doctor or other medical professionals may cause them harm.
Unfortunately, medical mistakes are much more common than most people realize. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a healthcare professional’s medical error, you deserve to be compensated for your pain, suffering, and any costs or expenses accrued.
Types of Medical Errors
Medical errors range widely in type and level of severity.
Some common types of medical errors by healthcare professionals include:
- misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose a condition;
- delayed diagnosis;
- medication mistakes, such as prescribing the wrong type or the wrong amount of a medication;
- birth injuries;
- infection or disease spread through unsanitary conditions;
- surgical errors, such as operating on the wrong body part or leaving a surgical tool within the body;
- treatment errors; and
- failure to respond appropriately to emergency situations or conditions.
Any mistake made by a healthcare professional that has an adverse impact on a patient may be a medical error. While some medical errors are more severe than others, a 2010 report on adverse events in hospitals published by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services claims that of the one million “Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals in October 2008, about one in seven experienced an adverse event.”
Some of these events may be attributable to malpractice. The report also estimated that 1.5 percent of Medicare patients die because of adverse events, projecting to 15,000 per month.
Who’s liable for your medical error?
If you’ve been the victim of a medical error, the healthcare professional responsible for the error may be liable if you can prove negligence. This means demonstrating that the medical professional acted contrary to a reasonable standard of care expected of other professionals.
In order for the hospital, doctor, or other medical professionals to be liable, you will have to prove that the hospital and staff’s negligent or irresponsible actions, directly contributed to your injuries. If you cannot prove both negligence and that this specific negligence caused your injuries, the hospital or hospital staff may not be liable.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for the majority of medical malpractice cases is two years from the time that the injury occurs. As such, if you want to be compensated for the medical error that caused you harm, get started on your case right away.
Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Bristol Today
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury that was the result of an irresponsible medical professional, hospital, or doctor, you deserve to be compensated for any medical bills you’ve accrued, as well as any pain or suffering. An attorney who is knowledgeable in medical malpractice law in Bristol can help.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our medical malpractice attorneys can help you to prove negligence, can give you more information about receiving damages, and can guide you through the process of filing your claim. To get started today, call us at 215-642-2335.