The Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 Americans die each year from medical errors, and thousands more are seriously injured. That study ranked medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind only heart disease and cancer. The fact is, medical errors are all too common in hospitals and healthcare facilities. In this article, we discuss why medical errors happen, the different types of medical errors, and ways to help reducec the number of errors and related deaths. We also include some helpful resources for additional information. If you have been injured because of a medical error, contact Berman & Simmons for a free consultation. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers can help determine if your healthcare provider failed you in any way.
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A recent study published in JAMA Dermatology showed that an increasing number of medical malpractice cases are related to injuries from cosmetic laser surgery, mostly by “untrained, non-physician operators.”
The first thing for us is to determine, of course, is whether or not you have a valid claim. A bad result alone is not enough to establish negligence. This can take days, weeks, or even a period of months for more complex cases.
Mainers have access to excellent hospitals and doctors. But just like in the rest of America, Maineâs healthcare system is far from perfect. Doctors may not spend enough time with patients, there may be communication breakdowns, and there is increasing pressure to cut costs. When providers fail to meet the legally required standards of care, patients can be seriously injured or killed.
According to the Mayo Clinic, more than one out of five patients with serious health conditions in the U.S. are misdiagnosed. Researchers looked at nearly 300 patients who came to the Mayo Clinic after being diagnosed elsewhere by primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
If youâve been seriously harmed by an unsafe medication, a preventable hospital error, or a doctorâs negligence, you have a constitutional right to have your day in court, and for a jury of your peers to decide what fair compensation should be.
You can help make sure local juriesânot Washington lobbyistsâdecide what compensation is fair for Mainers harmed by medical negligence. Tell Congress that you oppose H.R. 1215, and urge them to oppose it.Take the time to write, call, or send an email to your U.S. Representatives and Senators. Tell them to protect your right to trial by a jury of your peers, including the right for a jury to decide compensation in medical malpractice cases, guaranteed by the 7th Amendment.Contact your Maine representatives today to let them know you believe victims of medical malpractice should keep their rights to a fair trial and full compensation. Urge them to reject this bill.Congressman Bruce PoliquinCongresswoman Chellie PingreeSenator Susan CollinsSenator Angus King
Nearly every day, the lawyers and staff at Berman & Simmons are contacted by Mainers who think they may have been harmed by misdiagnosis or other medical mistakes. Most donât know whether they have a case or not; they simply want to understand what happened, how it occurred, and how it can be prevented for others.
On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has a hospital-acquired infection. In this blog post, we explore ways to prevent HAIs, and how to take legal action if it happens to you.
Medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., behind cancer and heart attacks, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University.An estimated 250,000 people die each year from medical errors, and others suffer debilitating injuries that can leave them out of work, in need of constant contact with medical professionals, and out of viable options to feel well again.This article discusses the wide variety of issues comprised by the term medical errors, and highlights a Portland Press Herald piece interviewing Dr. Dora Anne Mills, the vice president of clinical affairs at the University of New England.If you have been harmed by medical malpractice due to a medical error, contact Berman & Simmons for a free consultation.