Medication Errors Are Common in Surgeries

Medication Errors Are Common in Surgeries

The Center for Justice & Democracy has just published a new book that provides some interesting – and alarming – conclusions concerning medical malpractice in the United States.

First, while many think that people are filing lots of medical malpractice lawsuits – even frivolous negligence claims – in order to get huge payouts, this is simply not the case. In fact, the percentage of civil lawsuits filed seeking damages as the result of medical malpractice – including harm resulting from errors such as wrong site surgeries is very small. Less than 3% of all tort cases are medical malpractice claims. Further, only a tiny fraction of these cases (3-9%) go before juries. Thus, the perception that "runaway juries" are awarding huge amounts to undeserving plaintiffs is simply not true.

Rather, if you have been harmed by medical negligence (the book also reveals that nearly 50% of surgeries involved "medication errors"), it is important to seek the advice of a knowledgeable San Diego medical malpractice lawyer. Typically, the first step will be to obtain all pertinent medical records from those who have provided health care – this includes records before, during and after the suspected negligence. Next, the records will be reviewed by the attorney and a medical expert to determine whether any of the health care professionals acted negligently (breached the "standard of care"), and whether that negligence was responsible for your harm.

It is only after one of our skilled medical malpractice lawyers has determined that negligence has occurred do we file a claim. Such claims are serious matters. As a result, it is only once we determine that you have a case do we proceed forward, ensuring your best chances for a full recovery.

For more information or if believe that you or someone you love has been injured by negligence medical care, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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