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Pick up any newspaper or watch TV news, and you’re sure to hear about a multimillion-dollar medical malpractice lawsuit going on somewhere in the country. Why is this such a common occurrence? It’s simple. Millions of people visit doctors, emergency rooms and hospitals every day across the United States. Millions of healthcare professionals treat those sick and injured individuals. Despite their best intentions to offer high quality care, mistakes happen.
What will you do if it happens to you or someone you love? The Yost Legal Group is here to help.
Understanding Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider’s negligence causes a patient’s injury, disability or death. Because medical professionals must follow specific standards of care, human error or intentional neglect is generally the cause of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The term "medical malpractice" means that a physician or health care provider is negligent because he or she has failed to do something that should have been done, or has done something that should not have been done resulting in injury or death. Many unusual, unexpected, or unintended results or consequences of medical or surgical care rendered by a physician, hospital or health care provider can be considered medical malpractice or medical negligence.
Examples of medical errors include:
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Birth Injury
- Inappropriate or negligently performed surgery
- Anesthesia injury
- Medication errors
- Late cancer diagnosis
- Misdiagnosis of disease or injury
- Failure to order proper diagnostic tests
- Patient abuse or neglect
- Wrongful Death
- Retained instruments, sponges, etc.
- Bladder and bowel punctures
- Nerve and artery injuries
- Equipment malfunctions
- Missed heart attack(s) and/or stroke(s)
Medical errors have been on the rise for several years. Overworked healthcare professionals and a burgeoning population are contributing factors. To combat this increase, hospitals have adopted policies eliminating charges to patients who suffer preventable medical errors, called “never events.”
Unfortunately, this is not always an adequate remedy for victims of medical malpractice. More is involved than just the cost of treatment. Victims and their families want justice now. To be fully compensated for illness and injury, or for the death of a loved one, you need the services of a highly qualified and competent medical malpractice attorney who understands medical malpractice laws and is willing to fight to protect your rights.
The Yost Legal Group has helped numerous individuals and families get the compensation they deserve and to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligent actions.
Because each case is unique, and some cases are highly complex, the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at The Yost Legal Group will make the time to listen to you and to answer all your questions and will outline the specific steps that must be undertaken prior to filing your claim. Please contact us today to schedule your medical malpractice consultation. You have a legal right to compensation. Let The Yost Legal Group help you get what you deserve.
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Disclaimer: The Baltimore Injury Attorneys of The Yost Legal Group provide information about personal injury lawsuits, including Medical Malpractice, Defective Products and Nursing Home Neglect. It is not meant to be taken as formal legal advice. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, please contact an injury lawyer at our Baltimore, Maryland office today.