Inability of doctors or surgeons to provide adequate treatments as per medical standards lead to thousands of deaths per year. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) medical malpractice is the 3rd leading cause of death in United States after deaths from heart disease and cancer.
Statistical report reveals:
12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals
106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medication
A plaintiff must be able to show the following in order to file a medical malpractice claim:
The health care provider owed a duty to the patient
The health care provider breached that duty
The patient suffered an injury
The patient’s injury was a proximate cause of the health care provider’s breach
After taking decision to file a medical malpractice case, one must consult a qualified attorney knowledgeable of medical field to evaluate the case. If it appears that the case is strong enough, the next step in the process involves giving written notification of the claims to the parties suspected to be responsible for medical malpractice.