Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
In a recent study by the Institute of Medicine, it was estimated that nearly 98,000 Americans die every year as a result of medical errors, costing the United States roughly $29 billion dollars. Of this number, 80,000 lives are lost each year from hospital negligence and another 7,000 lives taken from prescription negligence.
According to a study done by the Harvard, only one in every eight instances of medical malpractice negligence actually has a claim brought against the medical professional or healthcare facility that is responsible. Other studies have shown that relatively few doctors are responsible for most of the medical malpractice claims. A study in West Virginia showed that 40 doctors were responsible for an alarming 25% of all the medical malpractice cases in that state for an allotted time period.
Generally, medical malpractice suits can be directed towards:
- a physician, medical specialist or other healthcare provider who has deviated from the general accepted standards of medical practice.
- a government agency that operates hospitals or provides specific medical care.
- a hospital for administering improper overdoses of medication.
- a hospital for administering negligent nursing care.
Nobody plans for errors during their medical procedures, but the reality is that it does happen, and often. Medical malpractice complications can lead to additional health complications, loss of quality of life, loss of consortium, excessive medical bills, and in some cases long term care following a negligent procedure. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a medical procedure, it is imperative that you contact a qualified attorney that specializes in medical malpractice negligence.
Our firm also handles cases of Nursing Home Malpractice and negligent Nursing Home care. We have handled cases where patients were not properly attended to, leading to slip and falls. We have also seen inadequate nursing care resulting in bed sores, medication errors and patient abuse.
Stephen Bilkis & Associates are experienced New York Medical Malpractice lawyers. If you or a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice, call us immediately at 800.696.9529 or contact us online for a free consultation.