A seminal research project published in 1999 estimated that anywhere between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year as a result of medical mistakes. A newer analysis, published in 2013, claimed that the earlier study’s calculations were flawed and that medical errors actually contribute to the deaths of between 210,000 and 440,000 patients annually.
Medical negligence also results in millions of injuries and billions of dollars in additional costs, including ancillary services, prescription drug services, and inpatient and outpatient care.
Medical malpractice cases are difficult and often take a long time to resolve. Such complex litigation requires the accessibility, affordability and personal touch offered by the Johnson Law Firm. With almost two decades of litigation experience, Billy Johnson has been helping Eastern KY medical error victims secure substantial jury awards and out-of-court settlements. A tireless advocate with a solid reputation, he has experience in:
WHAT IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
When you seek out health care, you expect to get better. At the very least, you don’t anticipate that receiving medical or surgical treatment will cause more harm. Medical malpractice is the general term used to describe these instances of poor judgment and human error. It encompasses any action (or lack of action) by a medical professional that deviates from accepted medical practices and results in injury to the patient. Negligence due to medical malpractice can occur in any environment where treatment is received. Additionally, it includes all healthcare professionals, from brain surgeons to lab technicians to pharmaceutical companies.
Medical errors, especially those that cause a patient’s death, can sometimes be difficult to identify. Unlike a car crash where a death is an obvious sign that something went wrong, medical mistakes can blend into the fatalities that are routinely part of the healthcare system. The Pikeville, KY attorneys of the Johnson Law Firm understand the legal complications in recognizing and proving medical negligence. If you suspect that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, we can evaluate your situation and help you understand your rights. Contact us at 606-433-0682 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.
CAUSES AND COMPENSATION
Many medical errors can be placed into one of two categories. There are the mistakes that happen when doctors decide on a wrong plan, such as prescribing the wrong medication believing it was the right treatment. Then there are the errors that occur when doctors elect the right plan, but the plan isn’t followed — for example, when the wrong body part is operated on or illegible handwriting causes a patient to receive the wrong dose of medication.
Reasonable care is the legal obligation healthcare providers have to all of their patients. When that obligation is neglected, the law is there to offer protection and, in some cases, compensation.
The type and amount of compensation that a patient can collect varies based on the situation. Successful medical malpractice lawsuits can recover financial compensation for certain damages such as:
- Loss of past and future earnings
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical expenses
- Wrongful death.
SERVING THE LEGAL NEEDS OF KENTUCKY MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE VICTIMS
It can be difficult to know whether an injury is a result of medical malpractice or simply an unfortunate outcome that could not have been avoided by proper medical care. Thus, it is wise to consult an attorney who is knowledgeable about the highly technical, specialized field of medical malpractice law.
The Johnson Law Firm is an integral part of Pike County, building strong relationships and contributing to the communities we serve. We fight to protect the rights of patients and their families.
If you or someone you love has been hurt as the result of a medical mistake, we have the skill and experience necessary to get the compensation you deserve in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact us today by calling 606-433-0682 or filling out this online form. From our offices in Pikeville, we have helped people throughout Eastern Kentucky and beyond. We know the area, its people, and their legal needs. Let us put our experience to work for you.