An estimated 440,000 people die every year from medical errors that could have-
should have-been prevented. Shockingly, half of all medical malpractice payouts are
the result of only 5.1% of doctors. Yet even when doctors routinely get
hit with medical malpractice lawsuits, they are rarely disciplined. Only
7.6% all “repeat” malpractice physicians had received some
sort of discipline for their transgressions. This means that we are on
our own to police physicians and hold them accountable for their mistakes.
As a victim of medical malpractice, you have only two viable options to
seek justice. First, you can file a complaint with the medical board.
A panel of the doctor’s peers will review this complaint and appropriate
disciplinary action will follow. Yet as the statistics above show, discipline
rarely occurs. In fact, only 13% of doctors with 5 malpractice payouts
had ever been disciplined for their mistakes.
Luckily, that is not your only option after you or your family has suffered
due to a medical error. Your second, and best, option is to pursue civil
litigation. Through a civil medical malpractice lawsuit, you and your
family can hold the negligent doctor accountable for their actions and
seek the restitution that you so justly deserve. Unfortunately, not all
medical malpractice victims are aware of these legal rights. A Harvard
study found that only one of every 8 medical malpractice victims actually
pursued litigation and filed a malpractice lawsuit.
Patients, who have sustained an injury, undergone an unnecessary surgery,
or gone undiagnosed because of a negligent physician, may wish to file
a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover damages. The victim’s family
can also file malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits, if the patient
died as a result of the doctor’s carelessness or incompetence.
Medical malpractice injuries can occur in a number of ways, including:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Childbirth injuries
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgery errors
- And more
Until medical review boards hold negligent physicians accountable for their
actions and prevent them from injuring others in the future, a malpractice
lawsuit seems to be the only viable option for injured patients and their
families who have been injured.
Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you or someone you love has suffered because of a physician or medical
professional’s negligence, the law is on your side. Our experienced
Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys have represented patients in Philadelphia and across the United States
who have sustained serous injuries while undergoing medical care. When
a doctor, nurse, or health care professional’s negligence leads
to your injuries, they can-and should be held accountable.
To learn more about your rights and legal options, call the Philadelphia
medical malpractice lawyers at Golomb & Honik today at
1-800-355-3300 or 1-215-985-9177 or fill out our confidential