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Johns Hopkins patient safety experts calculated that more than 250,000 U.S. hospital deaths per year are due to medical error. In their study, researchers examined four separate studies that analyzed medical death rate data from 2000 to 2008, including one by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General. Using hospital admission rates from 2013, they extrapolated that based on a total of 35,416,020 hospitalizations, 251,454 deaths were caused by medical error. This translates to 9.5 percent of all deaths in the U.S. each year. There is no accurate estimate as to how many die as a result of iatrogenic causes or medical errors committed outside the hospital setting in clinics, private doctors’ offices, or other treatment facilities.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, hospital worker, or nurse’s aide. The treatment provided must depart from the accepted standard of care met by those with similar training and experience, and result in injury to the patient.

Examples of medical negligence include the health care provider failing to diagnose your condition, misdiagnosing your condition, failing to timely or properly treat the condition, failing to anticipate a situation they should have anticipated, unnecessary surgery, surgical errors or wrong site surgery. When an injury or death is caused by medical negligence, an experienced Yuma and Tucson medical malpractice attorney can ensure that you or your loved one is fully compensated for the damages suffered.

An overview of medical negligence claims

If you have been injured in a medical accident, you are likely dealing with serious, potentially life-altering injuries. At Shultz & Rollins in Yuma and Tucson, AZ our medical malpractice attorneys have helped clients who have suffered:

The health care provider's actions were below the acceptable standard and the negligent action or omission caused an injury to the patient by worsening the patient's medical condition or increasing the chances of future harm.

In this situation, it is best to hire a good medical malpractice attorney in Yuma, AZ or Tucson.

The most common medical mistake: Medication errors

In 2006, a follow-up to the 1999 Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences’ study found that medication errors were among the most common medical mistakes, harming at least 1.5 million people every year.

The Journal of Patient Safety says approximately 440,000 patients die every year from preventable medical errors. Health Affairs states one in three patients who are admitted to the hospital will experience a medical error. Another study noted that on average, a hospital patient is subject to at least one medication error per day. Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) account for an estimated 1 in 3 of all hospital adverse events. If you or a loved one has been injured or affected by this, you may want to contact a medical malpractice lawyer in Tucson or Yuma, AZ.

The undeniable prevalence of medical negligence

According to the CDC, in 2013, deaths caused by medical errors was one of the top three causes of death in the U.S., behind heart disease (611,105) and cancer (584,881) but ahead of respiratory disease (149,205).

At Shultz and Rollins, our firm features some of the best medical malpractice attorneys in Tucson, Yuma and throughout Arizona. We specialize in representing patients and their families who have been harmed or killed as result of medical negligence.

In spite of the prevalence of medical negligence, the Harvard Medical Practice Study found that only one in eight patients that suffers an injury due to medical malpractice ever files a lawsuit. According to the National Center for State Courts, medical negligence cases represent well under 2% of all civil cases. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Harvard University found that 97% of medical malpractice cases were meritorious, concluding “Portraits of a malpractice system that is stricken with frivolous litigation are overblown.”

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FAQ medical malpractice

What is considered medical negligence?

Medical negligence or medical malpractice exists when a health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or nursing home, administers treatment that deviates from the accepted standard of care met by those with similar training and experience under the circumstances and results in injury or death to the patient.

What does the word "iatrogenic" mean?

Iatrogenic means induced in a patient by a physicians actions. Iatros means physician in Greek, and -genic, means induced by.

If I think I have a medical malpractice claim, what should I do?

Contact one of the best medical malpractice lawyers in Yuma, AZ as soon as possible. Arrange an initial consultation so you can explain what has happened and, if possible, bring your medical records to your meeting. Remember, time is of the essence because there are time limits governing how long someone may bring a medical malpractice suit.

How do I get my medical records?

In Tucson, Yuma and throughout Arizona, with very few exceptions, a patient has a legal right to obtain copies of their medical records from the doctor, hospital or any other medical provider.

What is required to prove a medical malpractice case?

To prove medical negligence, your Yuma, AZ medical malpractice attorney must establish:

What damages can be recovered in a medical negligence injury or death case?

The parties responsible for the medical negligence that resulted in injuries or death can be required to pay damages. A seriously injured plaintiff may be entitled to recover:

If an individual dies because of medical negligence, the survivors may recover monetary damages for their losses. This may include lost financial support and funeral expenses, along with emotional distress damages for loss of love, society and companionship.

If you are in search of a malpractice attorney in Yuma, AZ or Tucson, contact us at Shultz & Rollins today.

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