Medical Negligence and How it Affects Your Life

Medical malpractice and negligence impact hundreds of thousands of American lives every year. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that 250,000 people die every year as a result of medical malpractice and negligence.

If you have been a victim of medical negligence or malpractice, you know the experience has affected every aspect of your life and your life will never be the same. Being a victim of medical malpractice or negligence affects every aspect of your life, physically, emotionally, mentally and financially.

The five diseases or medical conditions most involved in medical malpractice and negligence allegations and claims include, but are not limited to:

  • Breast cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Mmyocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Appendicitis.

Misdiagnosis was the major accusation in these instances, resulting in delayed treatments, the wrong treatments or no treatments. Unnecessary surgeries, inappropriate surgeries, medication mistakes, and life-threatening infections contracted while being treated for another condition are also commonly cited in medical malpractice and medical negligence cases.

How Common is Misdiagnosis in Medical Negligence Cases?

  • Medical negligence or malpractice most often involves misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Over 50% of emergency room malpractice claims involve misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Over 5600 medical malpractice and negligence payments were made because of diagnostic related errors

A victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, or the survivors in the case of a death, must show the medical malpractice or medical negligence caused damages and the damages can be assessed a value. Since each case is different, the amount of damages can only be determined after an investigation of the facts and circumstances by an experienced medical malpractice and medical negligence attorney.

Compensation in these cases can and does include payment for medical expenses, loss of income, loss of future earning potential, rehabilitation costs, long term care expenses, pain and suffering and final expenses in the case of a death, and survivor entitlements.