What to do when medical errors occur

What to do when medical errors occur

A new documentary airing on HBO highlights the ongoing medical crisis facing patients in the United States. The expose follows one man's journey to discover information surrounding his mother's care. His mother underwent hip surgery, which led to a coma and subsequent permanent physical and cognitive impairment. He believes that the harm was the result of a preventable medical error.

Unfortunately, preventable medical errors occur all too frequently. According to a report from Johns Hopkins University, medical errors cause upwards of 250,000 deaths each year, with thousands more patients suffering serious, often permanent, injuries due to negligence. Unfortunately however, obtaining justice for these injuries may be an uphill battle.

The documentary notes that where any defense exist to a medical malpractice claim, the victim and his or her attorney often don't proceed. This may be the results of caps on damage awards that greatly reduce the prospect of recovering a worthwhile award at the end of a case. Further, even in strong cases of malpractice, only about 1/2 are successful due to laws favoring health care professionals and hospitals. Consulting with an experienced California medical malpractice lawyer at once is important if you believe you have been harmed by a preventable medical error. A skilled attorney can help you protect your rights and fight to ensure you obtain justice for your injuries.

Preventable medical errors can occur in a wide variety of ways, including prescription errors, surgical errors, wrong site surgeries, simply the failure to follow proper protocol or training.

For more information or if you or a loved one sustained injuries due to a preventable medical error, please contact the skilled San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson LLP for an immediate consultation.


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