As an individual who entrusts medical professionals and healthcare providers, you know that you must make a leap of faith and trust that they know what is best for you and your health needs. Whether you are visiting a doctor, nurse, laboratory technician or even a homecare worker, you and your loved ones rely on these healthcare practitioners to treat you with kindness, care and professionalism.
With that said, what happens when a healthcare provider neglects their duty and actually harms you instead of helping you? Whether their errors are caused by purposeful neglect, carelessness or sheer incompetence, their mistakes can cause you severe pain, suffering and medical problems that last for the rest of your life.
Doctors, nurses and other medical staff are often swamped and under a severe amount of pressure, and their busy schedules can result in incorrect treatments and improper diagnoses. While this can be an inconvenience, in some cases these mistakes can result in severe health consequences, leading to injury, chronic conditions and even death.
Medical Mistakes are a Serious and Fatal Issue
A recent study has shown that medical mistakes and errors cause more deaths in America than AIDS, plane crashes and overdoses. Other studies estimate that this issue costs the country between 17 and 29 billion dollars each year – clearly, this is a problem that cannot go ignored and unspoken any longer.
Common Healthcare Provider Errors
These errors include (but are not limited to):
- Misdiagnosis – A doctor or nurse may misdiagnose an illness or ailment as something minor or benign when in reality it is far more serious
- Dosage errors – A doctor or nurse may administer a very high or very low dosage of a drug in error, rendering it useless or dangerous
- Coding errors – Hospitals use specific coding on charts in order to track patient health; if a coding error occurs your medical treatment can be seriously compromised
- Anesthesia errors – If an anesthesiologist administers the wrong dosage of anesthesia, this can result in brain damage or death
Surgical errors – In rare cases, surgeons perform procedures on the wrong part of the body, or can leave instruments or gauze inside your body.
What should you do if you have been the victim of medical malpractice?
If you have been the victim of a healthcare worker’s error (severe or minor) then you have the right to seek compensation for your suffering and/ or mental anguish. At Baizer Kolar P.C. we are dedicated to ensuring that you are treated fairly by the law, and that you receive the compensation that you are owed. Our skilled medical malpractice attorneys have a vast amount of experience in dealing with medical malpractice cases, and we have been able to secure large settlements for many past clients.
Do not suffer in silence – if you have been the victim of medical error, you have a right to seek damages. Call or email us today – we are here to help.