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Have You Been Injured by Medical Malpractice in Rhode Island?
We trust medical professionals with our lives every time we seek treatment. Whether it is an emergency room visit, a consultation with a specialist, or a routine checkup, we expect our doctors to provide the correct diagnosis and offer accurate information so we can make an informed decision. In most cases, we take it on faith that physicians will exercise the utmost care and perform due diligence in providing care.
Sadly, medical mistakes are far too common in Rhode Island and the United States as a whole. Tens of thousands of medical malpractice cases are brought every year, with the vast majority involving major injuries, permanency, brain damage or paralysis, or death. Most medical malpractice claims relate to misdiagnosis, surgical malpractice, or improper treatment, but accidents involving incorrect medication and other aspects of care are also common
Liability from medical mistakes
Not all medical errors result in medical malpractice claims. Often, even serious medical mistakes resolve without injury. Other times, a misdiagnosis or other error may be clear, but it is identified quickly enough that the delay makes no significant difference. In other situations, the damage is clear, but it is not evident whether there was any error or mistake by the surgeon. This is often the case in surgery cases, where poor outcomes can simply be part of the accepted risk.
Physicians have a duty to treat patients with care and meet accepted medical standards. Almost all medical procedures involve some level of risk, but if physicians fail to explain these risks, or fail to exercise appropriate care and thereby introduce additional risks, they can be held liable for any injuries that result.
Other mistakes are very easy to prove. A mislabeled prescription can be harmful or even deadly, either because the original condition goes untreated or because the new medication produces disastrous side effects or other interactions. Surgical mistakes that leave medical devices or tools inside a patient are obvious cases of negligence.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is when an injury or death of a loved one is caused by the negligence of a hospital, doctor, or health care professional. This can happen during diagnosis, treatment, or well into aftercare and health management. A patient must be able to prove that the injury was caused by some sort of negligence.
What are the most common reasons for medical malpractice cases?
- Doctors did not follow standard protocols which failed in properly diagnosing
- A patient was receiving treatment that resulted in injury or death
- Inability to treat the patient’s condition
- Errors with documenting patient care
- Prescribing the wrong medication
What specialties have the highest medical malpractice rates?
Malpractice cases are shockingly common. As much as half of all practitioners have dealt with some sort of malpractice lawsuit. Among the most likely to get sued are surgeons, obstetricians, otolaryngologists, urologists, and orthopedists.
How long do I have to sue for medical malpractice?
Three years. You must file your claim within three years of the injury or discovery of the medical error. The courts can be strict on this timeline, contact a medical malpractice attorney for help filing your claim.
How is medical malpractice proven?
The law office of Louis W. Grande has been working with medical malpractice victims for decades. When someone contacts our office with a potential medical malpractice case, we review the available medical records and contact experts to help determine whether we can effectively pursue the case. Every call is completely confidential, and there is never any charge for a consultation. If we choose to take your case, it will be on a contingency contract, meaning you pay nothing unless we win a cash award.
Proving medical malpractice can be challenging. Fortunately, the companies that represent medical providers are well aware of the devastating impact that medical mistakes have on patients. When faced with the prospects of a costly and potentially embarrassing trial, they are more likely to settle than to litigate. Over 90% of all medical malpractice payments are made as a result of settlement, rather than judgments in court.
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