Colorado Springs Medical Malpractice Attorney
Representation for Victims of Medical Negligence
Patients trust their doctors to provide them with adequate care. Unfortunately,
doctors and healthcare providers can break that trust by deviating from
medical regulations and the accepted standard of care. Patients who are
injured because of the negligence of a medical professional can bring
medical malpractice lawsuits to recover compensation for their injuries.
If you or a loved one has been hurt as a result of a doctor's negligence,
you may have grounds to sue for malpractice. A Colorado Springs medical
malpractice lawyer at Clawson & Clawson, LLP can fight for your rights
in the event of an avoidable medical injury. Our
award-winning attorneys are ready to provide the support you need.
Call today to learn more about our service!
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
According to statistics, about 200,000 people are victims of
wrongful death in the U.S. every year because of medical negligence, and many others
suffer serious and even
catastrophic injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives.
Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:
Birth Injuries- Injuries to infants and mothers during the process of labor and delivery
are classified as birth injuries. These injuries can result from traumatic
as well as low-risk births and are typically caused by either traumatic
events or hypoxia (lack of adequate oxygen to the
Emergency Room Errors - Immediate and accurate medical attention is vital in emergency rooms.
Sadly, many patients suffer further injury/illness because of long wait
times, bacteria, nurse/doctor miscommunication and more.
Diagnostic Errors - Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose account for the majority of medical
malpractice lawsuits in the United States. Without an accurate diagnosis,
a patient cannot receive vital treatments and medication.
Medication Errors - The incorrect type or dosage of a prescription medication can lead to
serious and even fatal medical events. Thorough patient counseling is
necessary to learn of any patient medication allergies as well as to ascertain
an appropriate dosage.
Never Events - The National Quality Forum now recognizes 29 events on the list of "never
events." These are medical errors and negligence that are inexcusable
and should never occur. An example of a never event is performing surgery
on the wrong patient.
Surgical Errors - Leaving a medical instrument inside a patient and operating on the wrong
body part may seem extremely rare, but there are a growing number of patients
who are injured and even killed by these surgical errors annually.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
Literally hundreds of thousands of patients are injured and killed every
year due to the negligence and error of professionals in the healthcare
industry. According to statistics reported to The Joint Commission, pressure
ulcers, bed sores and falls accounted for the largest majority of medical
malpractice never event lawsuits, however, the most serious types of malpractice
resulting in the highest payouts were for events such as wrong-site surgery,
retained objects after surgery, wrong procedure and diagnostic errors.
According to research from Johns Hopkins Medical Center, diagnostic errors
alone amounted to over $38 billion between 1986 and 2010.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
The statute of limitations for filing medical malpractice lawsuits is two
years after the date of the injury (or the date that the injury was discovered).
The victim of the malpractice, or possibly a family member, is the plaintiff
in these types of lawsuits while the defendant can be a doctor, a healthcare
facility, a pharmacist or other healthcare professional. In order to prove
a successful medical malpractice lawsuit, the plaintiff and their attorney
must establish that:
- There was an established patient-doctor relationship and a duty of care;
- There was a failure to provide an acceptable standard of care;
- Injury to the patient resulted from this breach of care; and
- The patient sustained actual physical, emotional and/or financial damages
as a result.
Hiring an Experienced Personal Injury Layer Is Essential
Adverse medical events are devastating, especially when the victims and
their families know that they were preventable. Doctors and others in
the medical industry can make life-altering mistakes because of carelessness,
poor communication, lack of adherence to regulations and overconfidence.
If you or someone you love became the victim of this type of negligence,
be sure to contact a medical malpractice lawyer from Clawson & Clawson,
LLP today. Our
Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys have more than 120 years of collective experience we can utilize in composing
a strong and compelling case for you.
To learn more about how our firm can fight for your financial recovery,
schedule an initial case review today!