On behalf of The Weitz Firm, LLC on Friday, November 16, 2018 Posted in Medical Malpractice.
According to a recent Forbes article, more than 500 people probably died on Election Day due to medical mistakes. Before you start wondering if that is just something that happens on Election Day, no. That happens every day. Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in this country and, killing upwards of 250,000 people a year.
How, in one of the most advanced countries on Earth, are these mistakes being made on a daily basis?
While the article points out that strides are being made to cut down on medical mistakes, what about the people affected by them now? After all, if 500 people die each day from these errors, what about the ones who live through a mistake and are stuck with the costs of extended care and even disability?
If you need a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney, you can count on the Weitz Firm to help you get the compensation you need to get through this tough time.
What Can Happen
Many of the problems highlighted in the Forbes article are issues we have been telling you about.
Medication errors continue to be a problem. We know that patients often receive the wrong medications in a hospital setting. Other times, they get the wrong dosage, if they even get their medications at all.
Now, researchers say that diagnostic errors affect at least 12 million patients a year with 4 million of those suffering serious harm. When a patient experiences a diagnostic mistake, it can lead to an illness not being discovered. If that illness is cancer and a patient receives delayed treatment, it may be too late.
We know that healthcare setting infections are a major problem and that one in 31 hospital patients has a hospital-acquired infection on any given day. In fact, one in three people who die in the hospital has sepsis, a serious form of infection that has spread to the blood.
Think about how many medical professionals you see in a year: primary care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, surgeons, ER doctors, and more. While we know that most healthcare professionals perform their jobs well, the ones that make negligent mistakes need to be held accountable.
What You Can Do Now
Do not wait to seek medical assistance if you or a loved one have been injured due to a medical mistake. At the Weitz Firm, our experienced team will get to work for you, stopping at nothing to secure the compensation you deserve.
We know that medical bills will now pour in, again, due to a mistake a medical professional makes, but is that fair to you? No, it is not. We will work to make sure your follow-up care is covered. We will also move to secure lost income compensation, punitive damages, as well as pain and suffering damages.