Medical Malpractice: Is My Healthcare Provider Honest?

If you have experienced trauma because of a healthcare provider’s negligence, you should know that there are people who can assist you.

When your healthcare provider makes a mistake that results in you being the victim of medical malpractice, you can file a lawsuit seeking damages to pay for therapy, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. Sadly, in many cases, healthcare providers offer little when it comes to admitting mistakes.

According to National Public Radio, a recent study based on ProPublica’s Patient Harm Questionnaire, which was administered during the one-year period ending in May 2013 and included 236 patients, showed that the overwhelming majority of people failed to get information about medical mistakes from providers.

The study found that:

  • Only 9 percent of patients said that their providers disclosed harm;
  • In most cases, when harm was disclosed, it was because a healthcare provider was forced to;
  • Only 11 percent of patients received an apology following an adverse event;
  • More than 30 percent reported having bills because of medical errors, at an average cost of $14,024.

Keep in mind, medical malpractice events can include:

  • Failure to diagnose diseases
  • Failure to treat the patients in a timely fashion
  • Misdiagnosis of an illness
  • Medication and prescription drug errors
  • Mistakes in the emergency room
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries

Can I File a Lawsuit If I’m Injured by a Healthcare Provider?

If a doctor or medical provider has injured you, you can seek damages through a lawsuit. Keep in mind, you can seek punitive damages which aim to punish providers whose actions are proven to be malicious.

Talk to our attorney if you need guidance—medical malpractice is something that should be treated very seriously.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” – Psalms 23:1

Davis’ Words of Wisdom: Medical malpractice can include a delay in ordering a C-section during a child’s birth.