Even doctors make mistakes. Every year, thousands of Americans die, or experience worsened medical conditions due to mistakes made by hospitals and health care professionals.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
According to CNBC, medical errors or negligence is the third-leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer. According to the study, medical errors cause 250,000 deaths in the US every year, while some studies report even higher numbers. While medical workers are skilled and caring individuals, they are human, and humans make mistakes. Unfortunately, mistakes made in the medical field can have devastating and life-altering consequences. Although death is the most serious result of medical malpractice, injury or worsened conditions due to negligence or error on the part of medical staff are all too common.
How to File a Medical Malpractice Claim
Medical malpractice claims need to be filed within two years of (a) when you first discovered the injury or condition or (b) the last day of treatment with the negligent care provider. Under most circumstances, a statute of repose will limit the time to 5 years, even if you don’t discover the medical error for years later. Therefore, it is imperative that if you or a loved one has suffered due to medical errors or negligence that you contact an attorney right away.
Types of Damages Available
After your attorney proves that your condition or that of your loved one was caused or worsened due to medical errors, you can receive damages for your losses. In medical malpractice cases, there are two types of damages typically available:
1. Economic damages: including payment and reimbursement for past and future medical bills, loss of work and earning capacity, and other financial losses.
2. Non-economic damages: including pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life due to medical errors.
Contact an Attorney Right Away
If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered because of medical malpractice, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve right away.
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