Even though the vast majority of medical professionals perform their jobs well, there are times when the careless or negligent actions of a medical provider caused an injury or illness. At SMT Legal, our qualified and experienced team understands the complexity of these cases and is ready to help. We will investigate what happened in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. When you need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, let us get to work.
Medical mistakes are a leading cause of death
Johns Hopkins researchers say that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the country, killing approximately 250,000 people each year. Some estimates put that number closer to 400,000. What those numbers do not show is the number of people who survive medical mistakes and are left dealing with the consequences.
Medical malpractice cases arise when a medical professional breaches their duty to care for a patient and causes injury or death. This does not apply only to doctors and surgeons, but any licensed medical professional, including nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, dentists, and more.
What are the most common medical mistakes?
There are many ways that a person can be harmed due to the negligence of a medical professional. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Emergency room malpractice
- Failure to diagnose a condition
- Birth injuries
- Surgical mistakes
- Medication mistakes
- Anesthesia errors
- Healthcare-acquired infections
Many of these mistakes can cause short- or long-term disabilities, significantly decreasing a person’s quality of life.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice claim is two years from the date that a person discovers a mistake has been made. However, there is an additional statute of limitations that prevents a person from filing a medical malpractice claim more than seven years from the date the injury occurred, regardless of when the mistake is discovered.
Medical devices and prescription medications
Millions of people rely on medical devices and medications to keep themselves healthy. However, there are times when these devices and medications are faulty and cause serious injuries or death. If a negligent company or manufacturer is responsible for putting faulty devices on the market, they could be held liable for damages.
Let us get to work on your case today
If you or someone you care about has been injured or become ill due to the actions of a healthcare provider, you need to seek legal assistance today. At SMT Legal, we understand the complexities of a medical malpractice case and will work diligently to secure the compensation you deserve. This could include:
- Compensation for all medical expenses related to the mistake
- Coverage of lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against the healthcare provider or agency responsible