Love it or hate it—sometimes we need to see a doctor. While health care in this country is continuously a political concern, we currently have the freedom to choose our own doctors based on experience and testimonials from family, friends, and colleagues.
Health care is a critically important and even expensive industry. This is why when we make the choice to visit a doctor, we are trusting in that professional and individual to provide us with the utmost standard of care.
But the sad truth is that medical professionals—just like any human being—can make mistakes. However, doctors, physicians, and health care providers must take the utmost precautions and follow all standards and protocols when examining, prescribing, and providing treatment for patients. This is one of the responsibilities they take on as medical professionals in order to hold the title of doctor.
Even though doctors are supposed to be, well, doctors, medical malpractice is still a big problem. But just how big? For starters, based on 332 emergency rooms visits, approximately 225,000 to 400,000 people die from medical malpractice each year.
So just how big of a problem is it? Check out some of these facts surrounding medical malpractice.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice that Result in Death:
- Failure to prescribe proper medications – 3%
- Improper medical treatment and/or care – 5%
- Improper management or medical team communication – 13%
- Lack of clinical information – 52%
Some other reasons for medical malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis of a condition or injury
- Delays in treatment or diagnosis
- Incorrect or improper treatment
- Failure to thoroughly examine a patient
- Surgical errors
Many physicians’ practices claim the main reason for medical malpractice is due to a lack of clinical information. This can be attributed to mismanagement or miscommunications or even a lack of equipment and resources and/or understaffed hospitals.
Regardless of the reason for medical malpractice, it is unnecessary and unjust—especially if it results in severe injuries or even death.
If you think you or a loved one was recently injured or a victim of medical malpractice, then you need to consult with a medical malpractice lawyers Florida .
For more information on the legal team of Hardesty, Tyde, Ashton & Green can assist with your medical malpractice case or to see if you have a viable case, call our team today.
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