Medical errors seriously injure patients and cause death every year. However, building a case for medical malpractice rests on whether the doctor met acceptable healthcare standards, and not every injury or death is subject to legal action.
Because of the complexities involved in bringing a malpractice lawsuit, medical malpractice lawyers must acquire the knowledge, skills, and wherewithal to pursue a viable case. A case requires medical experts to evaluate whether the practicing medical professional failed to meet standards of practice and to prove a causal relationship between medical errors and the injury or death. Aside from the medical factors, state laws and case laws are also relevant to cases and an experienced injury lawyer must weigh the legal prospects of winning the case.
Medical malpractice statistics
The National Academies reported that medication errors were among the most common preventable medical errors, harming an estimated 1.5 million people every year. Medication errors are just one specific type of medical malpractice, but they give an idea of how widespread malpractice is.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics in tracking and studying trends reported that medical malpractice jury trial litigation in 1992, 1996, and 2001 revealed:
* 90% of medical malpractice trials involved plaintiffs who claimed malpractice caused death or permanent injury
* About one half of sampled trials were against surgeons and one third against non-surgeons
* Medical malpractice plaintiffs had a win rate of 27%, which by comparison was half of plaintiffs in all tort trials which have win rates of 52%
If you suspect that you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer review your situation. Given the prevalence of medical malpractice, it is highly possible that malpractice occurred. By discussing your potential case with legal counsel you can receive an honest professional opinion. Our seasoned medical malpractice lawyers offer a free initial case evaluation. Contact the Talaska Law Firm online or call (888)791-5191 today.