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Medical Malpractice Statistics And Causes Are Frightening

At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, our attorneys focus their practice on representing the victims of medical malpractice and errors that harm patients. Our legal team, which includes a surgeon/attorney and a registered nurse, has specialized knowledge and experience with medical negligence cases and have attained unparalleled success in this complex area of law. If you have been harmed by a medical professional’s errors, and would like to speak to someone from our Oklahoma firm (serving Oklahoma City, Tulsa and all surrounding areas) about filing a medical malpractice claim, email our lawyers by filling out the form on this website.

Medical Malpractice Statistics

Unfortunately, medical errors remain a leading cause of death and severe injury in this country. In fact, the statistics are staggering. According to a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States. This report shows an alarming number of deaths per year from medical mistakes:

  • 2,000 deaths from unnecessary surgery
  • 7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals
  • 20,000 deaths from other errors in hospitals
  • 80,000 deaths from infections in hospitals
  • 100,000 deaths from adverse effects of medications
  • 225,000 deaths as a result of medical malpractice or medical errors

A recent study by Healthgrades shows that at least 75 percent of deaths from medical malpractice (over 195,000) were the result of preventable medical neglect.

Medical malpractice also commonly results in severe and permanent personal injury or disability for those affected. According to recent Bureau of Justice Statistics, 90 percent of all medical lawsuits are brought by patients who have suffered permanent injury or on behalf of someone who has died as a result of medical malpractice.

If a loved one has died from medical errors or malpractice, we encourage you to contact our firm, serving Oklahoma City, Tulsa and all other areas around the state, to discuss filing a claim.

Types And Causes Of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can occur in countless numbers of ways; however, the majority of cases fall into one of the following categories.

Failure To Diagnose

Doctors and other health care professionals are expected to follow standard treatment protocols when diagnosing or treating a patient. When certain symptoms or disorders are evident, doctors should undertake measures to identify the cause in order to properly diagnose an illness or condition.

While certain complications can occur in medicine, unavoidable consequences are different from medical errors and medical negligence that causes unnecessary injury and damages. The failure to run certain necessary tests, pursue diagnostic possibilities, rule out life-threatening diagnoses or administer preventative treatment constitutes negligence when standard treatment protocols recommend doing so.

Under the terms of the new laws governing torts, a preliminary finding of medical negligence must first be established before a medical malpractice case can proceed. At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, our attorneys assemble a team of medical experts in order to thoroughly review the decisions and actions of doctors and attending staff. Before we file a medical malpractice case, we have all our ducks in a row and are ready to push the case to trial or a reasonable settlement.

While certain complications can occur in medicine, unavoidable consequences are different from medical errors and medical negligence that causes unnecessary injury and damages. The failure to run certain necessary tests, pursue diagnostic possibilities, rule out life-threatening diagnoses or administer preventative treatment constitutes negligence when standard treatment protocols recommend doing so.

We represents clients in cases involving the following kinds of failure to diagnose:

  • Meningitis
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetic seizure
  • Cancer
  • Brain bleed/spine injury
  • Bacterial infection
  • Sepsis
  • Organ failure
  • Internal bleeding
  • Infection

Hospital Errors

Hospitals are supposed to be safe places where people go to heal, not to get hurt. Unfortunately, every year more than 250,000 people are injured while under medical care. Hospital errors — such as wrong-site surgery and falls caused by improper nurse supervision — can leave victims with serious, lifelong and debilitating physical injuries, requiring repeated surgeries and ongoing physical therapy.

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has published a list of “never events.” Events that are so egregious should never happen. “Never events” include:

  • Surgery on the wrong body part or wrong patient
  • Foreign objects left in patients after surgery
  • Anesthesiologist errors
  • Contaminated drugs or devices
  • Improperly using a medical device
  • Patient suicide or self-harm
  • Medication errors
  • Death of mother or baby during labor
  • Birth injuries
  • Artificial insemination with the wrong donor sperm or egg
  • Patient falls
  • Failure to communicate or follow up on test results
  • Burns
  • Restraint or bed rail injuries
  • MRI injuries

Medication Errors

Discovering that your health care provider has made a mistake prescribing or administering medication is frightening. You may wonder about the implications for your long-term health, ways to get your treatment back on track and what your legal rights are.

If you have experienced illness or injury because of a wrong prescription or dosage, our first priority is getting you proper treatment and doing everything possible to protect your health. Our on-staff nurses joined our firm because they are passionate about helping victims of negligence.

Our next priority is building your case. These matters are often highly technical, buried in complex medical records, so it takes experience to efficiently analyze, interpret and act on the evidence. Fortunately, our lawyers have more than 65 years of collective experience in medical malpractice cases.

We encourage you to contact us if you or someone you love has suffered severe illness or injury as a result of a prescription error such as:

  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Ulcers
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Internal bleeding
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mental impairment or hallucinations

Misdiagnosis

Doctors spend years learning how to identify and treat the medical conditions that affect their patients. However, sometimes doctors make critical, avoidable errors — such as diagnosing a condition that is not there, diagnosing the incorrect illness or failing to make a diagnosis at all when a patient is actually ill.

A diagnosis is the foundation for all medical treatment, so it is essential that doctors do everything possible to get it right the first time. An improper diagnosis can result in excessive treatment, serious medication errors and delayed treatment — all of which can devastate a patient’s health.

While we cannot turn back the clock and undo the damage caused by your physician, we can help you pursue full and fair compensation for your losses. This compensation can help cover the cost of additional treatment, support your family and reimburse earnings you may have lost while getting treatment.

Contact Our Oklahoma Firm For Your Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, it is imperative that you consult with and obtain competent legal representation as soon as possible. The medical malpractice attorneys of Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, serving Oklahoma City and Tulsa, specialize in the investigation and prosecution of complex medical cases. We are well-known as one of the top legal teams in Oklahoma. You may reach us at 800-539-0652 or via email by completing our contact form.

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