Medical Malpractice Lawsuits are Improving Patient Care
Medical errors kill 195,000 people every year, according to a report in Medical News Today. Medical errors ranging from surgical errors to nursing mistakes are detrimental to healthcare in Florida and throughout the United States. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals are under the microscope and every year an estimated 2,449 medical malpractice cases are disposed of by bench and jury trials around the country.
Even though technological advances and safety measures have improved patient care in the last several decades, medical errors have not decreased. Now it seems that the medical malpractice tort system is may actually help to improve patient safety in ways we never imagined.
The threat of litigation has successfully influenced hospitals, nurses, physicians, and healthcare professionals to improve practice standards. In fact, over 80% of hospitals that participated in the study said that they have already implemented policies that quickly identify and address medical errors when they occur. This leads to a full disclosure with patients and often reduces the costs associated with any litigation.
In fact, medical malpractice lawsuits have influenced over 95% of the hospitals in our study to improve patient safety. After a medical malpractice lawsuit, the majority of hospitals integrate this information into patient safety efforts and protocols. Florida medical malpractice lawsuits also help risk managers identify and address critical errors and problematic procedures ahead of time—before an accident occurs.
Examples of Medical Malpractice:
- Receiving the wrong medication
- Wrong surgery performed
- Wrong limb amputated
- Failure to diagnose
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Incorrect medical treatment
- Surgical errors
- Nursing errors
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Improper dosage
- Unnecessary surgeries
- Reading x-rays or medical tests improperly
- Premature discharge
Do you Need a Miami Medical Malpractice Attorney?
If you or someone you love has been injured by the negligence of a medical professional, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced Miami medical malpractice attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and for any pain and suffering that you have endured as a result.