Medical Malpractice Awareness Month

July is National Medical Malpractice Month. Medical malpractice cases are the third cause of death in the country. Since this month brings awareness to medical negligence, we thought it would be helpful to talk about some facts on the issue and steps to take if you believe you have a case you want justice for.

The Medical Malpractice Center has the facts on medical negligence.

· In The United States alone, there are 80,000 to 100,000 deaths each year due to an error in diagnosis.

· 195,000 die each year in hospitals from preventable errors.

· The key to a medical malpractice case is that the medical professional must violate the general standard of care of a patient as set forth by the medical community.

This means two things need to be proven:

  1. The doctor made a mistake

2. The mistake caused harm to the patient

· Negligence can happen during the treatment, diagnosis, or advice for treatment after an illness.

According to Cohen & Malad, the next points listed below are the suggested steps to take if you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice.

· It is crucial to document all details that are important, such as names of doctors/nurses, dates, and times relating to the incident. Try to be as descriptive as possible in these notes.

· Ask questions to the nurses and doctors. You may have to be persistent when questioning but do not be afraid to ask: Why did this happen? How is this going to be fixed?

· Request a copy of your medical records. You are entitled to a copy and you do not need to explain why you are requesting them. It is important to not say that you are contacting a lawyer and to make sure the copy of the medical records are complete.

· Finally, call an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice.

We hope this post has spread awareness from your friends at Console & Hollawell P.C.

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