Is Medical Malpractice an Ongoing Problem?
Connecticut residents have been shocked by the lurid details of staff misconduct at Whiting Forensic Division Hospital, a mental hospital in Middletown. So far, nine arrests have been made and 31 hospital workers have been suspended. The list of alleged wrongs is nothing short of horrifying, and includes both physical and emotional abuse, along with a documented history of failing to protect the patients from harm.
How Common Is Malpractice, Nationwide?
It may be tempting to dismiss this as an isolated incident, but the truth is that medical malpractice is a recurring problem all across the nation. According to the Civil Justice Resource Group, there are as many as 120,000 deaths caused by medical malpractice in the United States each year. About 1% of all hospital patients will become victims of malpractice, and experts estimate that about four times the number of reported cases go unreported. Of the victims, only about 5% receive some form of payment after a claim.
Clearly, medical malpractice is a much greater problem than most people are aware of. Victims often feel like they have no recourse. In many instances, they may not even understand that negligence has occurred. This is because we trust hospitals and doctors to take care of us and aren’t expecting them to be derelict in their duty.
The Definition of Medical Malpractice
Of course, not every mistake made by a hospital or a doctor rises to the level of negligence (doctors are only human, after all). The legal definition of malpractice is when a healthcare provider deviates from what is known as the recognized standard of care when treating a patient. In other words, if a doctor does not act in a way that is consistent with another reasonable medical provider in the same circumstances, then he or she has likely acted negligently. If a patient was harmed as a result, the doctor is then liable for the costs.
If You Suspect Malpractice
If you suspect that a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, there are steps you can take to be properly compensated. Your best bet is to seek out an experienced legal team that knows how to take on hospitals and insurance companies on behalf of clients. It will be necessary to investigate your claim by reviewing hospital records, consulting doctors, and gathering evidence of negligence.
In many cases, the insurance companies will seek to settle a claim as quickly as possible for as little money as they can get away with. At Naizby Law, we have decades of experiencing dealing with recalcitrant insurance companies, and we have the resources and tenacity to get you the best settlement in the shortest amount of time possible, even if we have to take your claim all the way to trial.
Naizby Law believes in advocating for victims and helping to secure their future. If you have been the victim of a medical practitioner’s negligence, we will work tirelessly on your behalf and you won’t have to pay anything until we recover for you. Call (203) 245-8500 today to schedule a free consultation.
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