Medical malpractice, or medical negligence, is the failure of a medical professional to meet the standard of good medical practice in his or her field of practice. Medical malpractice occurs when any healthcare provider – a doctor, nurse, therapist, psychiatrist, chiropractor, hospital, HMO, or any other individual or organization that licensed to provide medical care or treatment - does something that a competent doctors would not have done, or fails to do what a competent doctor would have done, and this action or lack of action results in personal injury or wrongful death.
Medical malpractice may include, but is not limited to the following:
• Failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis
• Anesthetic errors
• Medication errors
• Adverse reactions (to drugs or procedures
• Dangerous drug interactions
• Wrong treatments
• Medical procedure errors
If you have been injured through the negligence of a medical professional, you are not alone.
• A study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences estimated that as many as 9,800 hospital patients a year may be killed as a result of hospital error.
• One hundred percent of these patients would have survived if they had received optimal care.
• A Healthgrades study estimated that 195,000 hospital deaths each year are directly due to preventable hospital errors.
• In 1984, Harvard researchers found that one percent of patients treated in New York state hospitals were injured because of medical negligence. One-quarter of those patients died. The researchers estimated that this would translate to 234,000 injuries and 80,000 deaths nationwide.
• Atleast six percent of psychiatrists admit to having sexual relations with a patient.
• A 2004 study of medical malpractice claims in the United States examining primary care malpractice found that although negligence in hospitals produced more severe outcomes, the total number of medical errors and deaths due to medical errors were greater for outpatient settings.
• The 2004 study also found that no single medical condition was associated with more than five percent of all negligence claims, and one-third of all claims were the result of misdiagnosis.
• A 2006 study by the Institute of Medicine study found that medication errors are the most common medical mistakes. Medication mistakes harm at least 1.5 million people every year. Each year, medication errors are responsible for 400,000 preventable drug-related injuries in hospitals, 800,000 injuries in long-term care settings, and about 530,000 injuries among Medicare recipients in outpatient clinics.
If you are a victim of medical malpractice, you are entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries and losses. However, medical malpractice law is complex and the burden of proof falls on the victim. So it is especially important to choose a attorney with experience in medical malpractice cases. If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice in Kansas or Missouri, you should act promptly to preserve your rights. Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616.