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We trust physicians to make the best decisions for our health and well-being. Yet even with the extensive education and training all physicians complete, mistakes still happen. When a doctor’s mistake leads to a patient’s injury, illness, or even death, malpractice may be involved.
Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital or medical professional injures a patient through negligence or omission. According to the Medical Malpractice Center, between 15,000 and 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits are filed every year in the United States.
Not every mistake is malpractice. Under the law, a medical malpractice lawsuit must demonstrate that the accepted standard of care was violated, that violation caused injury to the patient, and that injury caused significant damages. The reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits vary, but the following are the five most common according to a Medscape poll of more than 4000 doctors:
Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Patients depend on doctors to maintain a good standard of care and make decisions to improve their health, not make them worse. Doctors who injure patients when they fail to diagnose or treat an illness or injury should be held responsible.
Medical malpractice cases are among the most challenging to prove. For that reason, patients need the experienced counsel of the Cherry Hill medical malpractice lawyers at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. We understand how to effectively prove your damages are the direct result of your doctor’s negligence. To discuss your situation with a Cherry Hill medical malpractice lawyer, call 856-354-9444 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. We represent victims and their families in South Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area.