Many experts feel these numbers are on the low side, and deaths from medical malpractice have been estimated to number 440,000 by some statistics.
More shocking yet, the numbers show that medical care is more dangerous than criminals armed with guns. 13,286 people were killed by guns in 2015, making medical malpractice far more dangerous than violent crime.
How do these statistics break down? For every shooting death in the United States including mass shootings, around twenty people are killed by medical malpractice, if you look at the low end statistic of 250,000. On the high end, 33 people die from medical malpractice for every shooting death.
Suing for Wrongful Death
Medical malpractice is rampant in the United States. It seems like the higher the cost of treatment climbs, the lower the quality of care plunges. Mistakes that lead to patient deaths include:
- Failure to communicate among healthcare personnel regarding patients’ treatment;
- Botched surgeries;
- Delayed treatment of life-threatening conditions;
- Equipment malfunction;
- Failure to follow proper protocols;
- Administering wrong medication;
- Confusing/losing patients’ medical files;
- Neglecting to monitor patients’ conditions while hospitalized.
And there are a myriad of other mistakes which can lead to the death of a patient. Many times, a patient is admitted for a routine minor surgical procedure and winds up dead. There are numerous instances of gross negligence, including:
- Allowing a patient to bleed to death during surgery;
- Performing surgery on the wrong area of the body;
- Treatment including surgery performed on the wrong patient;
- Failure to monitor condition while patient recovers from surgery;
- Leaving surgical instruments in a patient’s body;
- Not giving insulin to a diabetic.
One way to hold hospitals and medical staff accountable for this slipshod and careless treatment of patients is through civil litigation.
Suing for Wrongful Death due to Medical Malpractice
Suing a doctor or hospital is complicated and expensive. In order to prove your case, you have to prove that:
- The hospital or doctor owed a duty of care to the deceased;
- The hospital or doctor breached that duty;
- The breach caused your loved one’s death;
- You suffered damage or loss.
With medical malpractice you need to prove that a doctor or hospital did not administer the accepted level of care that an ordinary doctor or hospital would give under similar circumstances. This can be difficult since hospitals have been known to cover up medical mistakes, including changing and shredding records.
Moreover, in medical wrongful death lawsuit claims, some states have a cap on damages which does not cover the full cost of your loss, including:
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium;
- Future income contribution to family;
- Punitive damages (for gross negligence).
A skilled medical injury attorney who is experienced in filing wrongful death actions against healthcare providers would be able to assess your case, and perhaps could circumvent laws the powerful American Medical Association Lobby has promoted to bar recovery in medical malpractice cases.
Isaacs & Isaacs Experienced Medical Injury Lawyers Will Fight For You
Here at Isaacs & Isaacs we are appalled by the statistics regarding medical deaths. We suspect that gross negligence that leads to a high death count is due to hospitals caring more about their bottom line than they care about patients. We have represented the grieving families of those who were killed by the careless actions of those entrusted to heal.
As long as medical malpractice is allowed to continue unchecked nobody is safe. Including our own loved ones. We are passionate in pursuing maximum damages in wrongful death lawsuit settlements with insurance companies and healthcare providers. We are not quick to settle with insurance companies in these cases.
Our experienced malpractice lawyers understand insurance adjusters’ tactics. They may contact you before you have all the facts related to your loved one’s treatment in order to limit the payout and persuade you that your case is worth less than a fair and just amount you are entitled to.
If an insurance adjuster or health care provider contacts you about your loved one’s death, you must tell them to talk to your attorney to protect your wrongful death claim.
Our skilled investigators will gather all the facts regarding your loved one’s medical treatment–or maltreatment if that’s the case.
Wrongful Death Action Statute of Limitations
A Statute of Limitations is a legal time limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit which varies from state to state. We realize that the ordeal of losing a family member is bad enough to cope with, without the added stress of worrying about filing a lawsuit. Our compassionate medical malpractice attorneys will remove the burden of investigating and filing a wrongful death lawsuit from your shoulders so you can focus on healing. You should call us immediately before:
- Evidence disappears;
- Witnesses forget what happened;
- The statute of limitations expires, barring you from recovering any damages.
At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury law firm we feel that the only way to curtail the irresponsible and callous behavior of the healthcare industry is through making them pay as much as possible for their unethical treatment of patients. We do not think you should have to pay for the sub-standard treatment that led to your loved one’s death, we think those responsible should have to pay.
Isaacs & Isaacs will represent you on a contingency fee basis. If you don’t get paid, neither do we. Medical malpractice lawsuits can be expensive and we will bear the cost for you until we negotiate a fair and just settlement or obtain a favorable award of damages.
We are here day and night to:
- Listen to your story;
- Answer your questions;
- Investigate what happened;
- Analyze what action to take to recover maximum damages.
Call us now at 800-800-8888 to speak to a malpractice lawyer.