By: Chris Janes
Did you know that in Florida in 2010, more than 500 people either died from medical malpractice or were the victim of serious medical mishaps? 386 suffered serious medical errors including surgeries on the wrong body part and foreign objects, such as tools or sponges, being left behind after operations.
Here are some more sobering statistics about medical errors, provided by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
– As many as 98,000 Americans die each year in hospitals as a result of medical errors. That makes medical errors the eighth leading cause of death, ahead of motor vehicle crashes, breast cancer, and AIDS.
– One out of 46 patients seen at emergency rooms during peak hours were the victim of preventable medical errors.
– 28.7 percent of prescriptions written in outpatient settings contain prescribing errors.
– Medical mistakes cost insurers $9.3 billion in extra charges every year.
We, the public, hold healthcare providers in high esteem, and we should. However, they-just like everyone else-are not perfect. When mistakes are made due to under-staffing, corner cutting, poor communication or arrogance, the hospital and healthcare provider must be held accountable.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is common. At Michles & Booth, we are devoted to helping the victims of malpractice. We have 10 lawyers who are dedicated to helping patients. We also have a physician on staff ready to review the medical facts of your case.
So, what constitutes medical malpractice? If you receive medical treatment in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, or across the Panhandle of Florida and have an unexpected negative outcome – if you are worse off when you come out than when you went in – you may be the victim of medical malpractice. For example, if you walk into a hospital for neck surgery and leave paralyzed (a patient Michles & Booth has actually represented) you may have a claim.
Surgical errors and misdiagnoses, especially those concerning cancer, are the most common mistakes we see that result in successful claims.
As soon as a patient has a reasonable basis to think something wrong has happened, they should seek a consultation with Michles & Booth, which is always free. We have handled hundreds of complicated medical malpractice cases and Marcus Michles is the former Chairman of the Florida Justice Association Medical Malpractice Committee.
Victims of medical malpractice and their loved ones face mounting medical bills, lost wages and emotional stress. You do not have to face all of that alone. Contact us today for a free consultation. Bringing a claim for medical negligence is a serious and complex process, and here at Michles & Booth we have extensive experience obtaining justice for the victims of medical negligence.