How many medical professionals do you typically see over the course of a year? Most of us encounter plenty, whether for a routine checkup, to get our medications, or for emergencies. Unfortunately, there may come a time when you need a Toledo medical malpractice attorney.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a medical mistake, the team at Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers is ready to help. We will get to the bottom of what happened so we can secure the compensation you need.
Nobody ever really thinks about getting hurt due to the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional. After all, these are the people who are supposed to help us when we need care the most. However, we know that these incidents are a reality. In fact, around 250,000 people lose their lives each year due to medical mistakes according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
These numbers are not highly publicized and the numbers do not seem to be improving. Those stats reflect just the people who lose their lives. Certainly, these are tragic events, but many millions more each year survive a medical mistake and must live with the consequences.
How are these mistakes made?
In most cases, a medical error is not done intentionally. Those cases are few and far between. More often, we find that errors are made by overworked and fatigued medical staff or those who are not properly trained. It is not uncommon to see the following:
Medication Errors: Medication mistakes injure around 1.5 million people each year in the country. They can occur in a hospital or doctor’s office setting or at the pharmacy.
Surgical Mistakes: There are “never events” like having the wrong body part being operated on, surgical instruments left behind, and even patients receiving the wrong surgery that we occasionally hear about. All surgical teams should have protocols in place to prevent mistakes from being made.
Diagnosing Mistakes: If an error is made when diagnosing a patient, their entire course of treatment can be off track. In many cases, misdiagnosis leads to delayed treatment or a person not receiving life-saving treatment at all.
Infections: Nearly one in every 30 hospital patients in the US acquires an infection. All healthcare staff should practice proper infection control protocols.
*Please know that this is not a complete list of mistakes that can be made. Always consult with your attorney about your particular case.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a mistake made by a healthcare professional, we know you are living through a nightmare and you need to seek legal assistance. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, our dedicated team understands these cases and will get to work on securing the compensation you deserve. This can include: