7 Facts to Know about Medical Malpractice (Pt. 1)

7 Facts to Know about Medical Malpractice (Pt. 1)


Posted June 20, 2014 by admin

Medical malpractice is an unfortunate reality for many people that, in the worst cases, can cause them to suffer irreversible or even fatal injuries. In this three-part blog, we will spotlight some important facts to know when it comes to medical malpractice, malpractice cases and patients’ options for getting the compensation they likely deserve. 

These facts about medical malpractice highlight the prevalence and effects of this type of negligence. Contact Hassakis & Hassakis if you have been injured by malpractice.
These facts about medical malpractice highlight the prevalence and effects of this type of negligence. Contact Hassakis & Hassakis if you have been injured by malpractice.

If you have questions about your rights or are wondering if you have a medical malpractice claim, you are encouraged to contact the Mount Vernon medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. 

Malpractice Fact 1 – Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

After heart disease and cancer, medical malpractice is the leading cause of death for Americans, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Some of the reasons that malpractice is so often deadly include that malpractice:

  • Can result in a failure to diagnose serious conditions
  • Can lead to serious illnesses progressing to later, less treatable stages
  • Can result in patients being administered medications that they are allergic to or that are contraindicated for their condition (or when other medications are also administered)
  • Can ultimately go undetected until it’s too late to save people’s lives.

Malpractice Fact 2 – It can take months for people to realize they’ve been victims of malpractice.

In many cases of malpractice, people won’t realize that they’ve been subject to medical negligence until they:

  • See another doctor who gives them a different diagnosis.
  • Develop symptoms that do not fit with the diagnosis they have been given.
  • Realize their condition has gotten worse, instead of improving, despite the fact that they’re undergoing the prescribed treatments.

Often, such factors can take months or longer to become apparent, which ends up meaning that a person may have already seen multiple doctors or specialists and that figuring out the point at which malpractice has occurred can be complicated. In such cases, talking to an experienced attorney can be crucial to pinpointing when malpractice took place and what a person’s options are for holding the negligent medical professional accountable for his mistakes.

Be sure to look for the additional parts of this blog to be published soon for more important facts about medical malpractice cases.

Mount Vernon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice or negligence, it’s time to contact the Mount Vernon medical malpractice lawyers at the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.

Since 1950, our experienced and trusted attorneys have been providing our Southern Illinois clients with the highest quality legal services for their malpractice and personal injury cases. In addition to focusing on our clients’ needs, we will always do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries so they can focus on their recovery and future.

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When you are ready to learn more about your rights and case, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 or by emailing us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the page. We can provide you with a free, thorough evaluation of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.

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