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We see doctors and medical professionals for checkups, shots, and other procedures we need to stay healthy. We rarely consider that those who are dedicated to keeping us and our families healthy can make mistakes that can cause injuries for life, or even cause death.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is not necessarily the outcome of a negative medical experience. Elective medical procedures that are not all you hoped they would be doesn’t mean your doctor did not do his or her job. However, if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of your medical procedure, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can help you understand if your claim is valid.
Types of Medical Malpractice
There are many different scenarios in which medical malpractice may be the cause. Adverse reactions from taking the wrong drug, misdiagnosis, or improper procedures may cause life-long injuries or death. Examples of medical malpractice include:
- Birth injuries
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to perform surgery correctly
- Failure to administer anesthesia correctly
- Failure to diagnose cancer or other diseases
- Misuse of prescription drugs
- Medical Malpractice Statistics
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical malpractice injuries are the third leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease. It is estimated that over 225,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to hospital errors. Other annual medical malpractice statistics include:
- 106,000 deaths due to adverse medication effects
- 80,000 deaths due to infections in hospitals (such as MRSA)
- 20,000 deaths due to various medical errors
- 12,000 deaths due to unnecessary surgery
An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you get compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Future medical costs and care
- Physical rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to the negligence of a health care professional, please contact the experienced New Hampshire and Vermont medical malpractice lawyers at Cullenberg & Tensen for an initial consultation.