If you or a loved one go to the doctors, hospital, or to see any other healthcare professional, the last thing you need to worry about is a mistake happening. Unfortunately, medical mistakes are far more common than most people realize.
At the SMT Legal, we know that errors made by healthcare professionals can have detrimental effects on the wellbeing of their victims. That is why we will be dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve. When you need a medical malpractice attorney, let us get to work today so you can focus on being with your family.
We See Many Healthcare Providers
What is the first thing you think when you hear the words “medical malpractice?”
Your mind may flash to a TV show and a surgeon making a critical error, but we want you to think about how many healthcare professionals you see on an annual basis. Yes, we may see a surgeon if we have an emergency, but we are much more likely to encounter:
- Primary care physicians
- Pharmacy technicians
- EMTs and paramedics
The list of how many medical professionals we see is extensive. Now think about this – medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing an average of 250,000 a year. Millions more survive these mistakes and are left suffering from the consequences.
Some of the main errors that people encounter revolve around the following:
- Medication mistakes
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Surgical errors
- Delayed treatment
Healthcare is tremendously expensive in the United States, especially if a person does not have health insurance. If a person has been harmed due to the mistake of a healthcare professional, then their costs are going to go up.
- Acquiring an infection in the hospital will likely extend a person’s stay and cause them to need more treatment and medication.
- A surgical error often necessitates another surgery to correct the error.
- Delayed treatment of illness can lead to more costly and aggressive treatment being needed down the line.
In the worst-case scenario, a medical mistake leads to the death of a loved one. How do we put numbers on a loss like that? Who gets held accountable?
If An Errors Happens
If you find out that you or someone you love has been the victim of a mistake that a healthcare professional made, you may be angry and confused. We advise you to seek legal assistance as soon as you can. At the SMT Legal, our knowledgeable and experienced team will get to work on securing the compensation you really deserve. This includes not only coverage of your medical expenses, but also the other hidden costs that come with these incidents (lost income, pain and suffering damages, and more).