Medical errors are unfortunately an all-too-common problem. In fact, a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine has found that medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States. By looking at a wide range of prior research, the Johns Hopkins study estimates that over 250,000 patients die each year from medical errors. These victims and their families deserve justice.
What Is a Medical Error?
A medical error occurs when a healthcare provider either administers the wrong treatment for a patient’s medical issue or improperly administers the correct treatment. These are human errors — they are mistakes made by healthcare professionals in the course of a patient’s treatment that ultimately harm or kill the victim. These errors can range from not properly sterilizing equipment to performing the wrong operation on a patient. These mistakes can have devastating consequences not just for victims, but for their families as they struggle to deal with their loved one’s injury, permanent disability, or even death.
What Recourse Do Victims Have?
For those who have been injured or lost a family member due to a medical error, it is important to act quickly because the statute of limitations (the time within which you must file a personal injury claim) may be as short as 2 years from the date of the negligence or death. There are few exceptions to this rule, which is why it is crucial to schedule a free consultation to speak with the attorneys at Perry Charnoff PLLC as soon as possible so we can review the details of your situation and help you determine your best course of action.
How Can Perry Charnoff Help?
Medical malpractice—Virginia medical malpractice in particular—is a highly complex field of law. It requires not only a thorough understanding of medicine and science, but also knowledge of the many state laws and rules that apply to this type of case. Pursuing a medical malpractice claim requires knowledge and skill on the part of your attorney as well as access to a network of medical experts who can comprehensively discuss best practices in medicine, details about a specific treatment, the nuances of a patient’s condition, and more.
Most of our medical malpractice litigation has focused on cases in Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Maryland, and we have a long history of success in the multifaceted field of medical malpractice law. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources available to help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. Furthermore, our experience handling these difficult cases has equipped us to litigate a wide range of personal injury claims. So if you or someone you know has been injured or lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s carelessness, contact the attorneys at Perry Charnoff today.
Allan, M., & Pierce, O. (2016, May 3). Medical errors are no. 3 cause of U.S. deaths, researchers say. NPR. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/03/476636183/death-certificates-undercount-toll-of-medical-errors