Despite the remarkable and seemingly miraculous advances our society has benefited from because of medical professionals, it remains a human profession practiced by fallible human beings. Doctors, nurses – indeed all medical staff – make mistakes. Patients, and their families, suffer.
Medical malpractice claims are, as a rule, hard fought and expensive. Whether to deter patients from pressing claims, or saddled by an inability to accept the fact that a Doctor made a mistake, typical medical malpractice lawsuits involve extensive and expensive litigation. Medical malpractice is a specialized field of law requiring experienced and committed counsel willing to invest the significant time and financial resources your case will need.
In 2013, the Journal of Patient Safety reported that more than 400,000 patients a year, in hospitals alone, die due to medical error. Medical error kills more people than many of the ailments medicine treats. For example, three times as many patients die from medical error than die from strokes. Four times as many patients die from medical error than die from gun violence.
Although medical malpractice is a significant social problem, resistance to medical malpractice claims is not uncommon. Medical malpractice claims are often criticized as frivolous and unfair attacks on Doctors. It is often overlooked that every medical malpractice claim requires – before filing a lawsuit – an opinion from a Doctor that another Doctor was negligent. Frivolous claims lead to attorney sanctions. In addition, critics of medical malpractice claims blame lawsuits for increasing the cost of health care. In fact, they account for less than 2% of costs.
At Doran Law, we believe the medical profession is better and more safe when errors are brought to the attention of those with the power to make changes and keep mistakes from happening again. Less than 2% of costs is a bargain given that we address a problem that claims over 400,000 patients a year. Moreover, what is good for the medical industry is not the question we ask when we represent someone whose life has been devastated by a debilitating injury. Your recovery, nothing else, is our concern. If you have been injured and wonder if it may be the result of medical error, you are entitled to a thorough analysis of your potential claim. Doran Law provides a free consultation. All you have to do is call.