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A dedicated hospital malpractice lawyer Salt Lake City UT residents trust understands that when a patient is a victim of malpractice, it can be devastating to both the patient and their family. Here at Rasmussen & Miner, our attorneys have successfully represented many medical malpractice victims and their families to obtain the financial compensation they deserved for injuries they suffered.
One of the most common and deadliest types of injuries are malpractice or medical errors. According to several national studies, medical errors should be labeled as the third leading cause of death in the United States, with only cancer and heart disease claiming more lives. There are approximately 250,000 patients killed each year because of mistakes by medical personnel. Medical errors kill more people annually than all respiratory diseases combined.
A seasoned hospital malpractice lawyer Salt Lake City UT families depend on knows that some of the most common medical errors that occur to patients in hospitals include:
- Misdiagnosis: This is the most common type of medical error that seriously harms or kills patients. A missed or incorrect diagnosis may lead to a delay in treatment, causing a patient’s condition to worsen, often with tragic consequences.
- Medication Errors: More than 60 percent of patients who are hospitalized do not receive their regular medication while they are in the hospital. Even more frightening, every year there are more than 1.5 million patients who are seriously injured because they are given the incorrect dosage or medication.
- Unnecessary Tests, Treatments, and Procedures: Multiple studies have revealed that patients are all too often exposed to tests, treatments, and procedures that are not needed and can expose them to dangerous risks that often lead to serious or fatal injuries. For the medical industry, this contributes to their annual profit of $700 billion.
- Infections: Hospitals are full of germs, but failure of medical staff to maintain the correct sanitary and sterilization techniques leads to 1.7 million patients catching hospital-acquired infections each year. These infections kill almost 100,000 people annually.
- Never Events: Never events are incidents that occur that should never have occurred, such as operating on the wrong limb or leaving sponges in a patient’s body after surgery. The consequences of these events can be horrific for patients and result in severe infections, amputations, or even death.
What Does Filing a Hospital Malpractice Case Entail?
A hospital malpractice claim is a kind of personal injury claim. Essentially, an experienced Salt Lake City, Utah hospital malpractice lawyer at our firm will ask you questions about your situation and begin investigating your circumstances in order to start building a case on your behalf that is as strong as possible. Personal injury claims generally need to prove that the individual and/or entity that harmed a victim owed that victim a so-called “duty of care” under the law. For example, if you were a patient on a particular service within a hospital setting, the healthcare providers on that service are duty-bound to provide you with the same kind of care you’d receive from other knowledgeable healthcare providers practicing on that service elsewhere in the country. If they “breach” that duty and you suffer injury or illness as a direct result of that breach, you will likely have strong grounds to file a hospital malpractice claim.
The experienced legal team at Rasmussen & Miner has extensive experience representing the interests of hospital malpractice victims. Therefore, we know what kinds of questions to ask and evidence to obtain to accurately assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of any particular case. Too often, malpractice victims believe they have no options for recourse because their healthcare team has not admitted to any wrongdoing or even explained that a mistake has been made. If you are unsure of whether you have grounds to file legal action, that’s okay. You don’t need to know for sure that any particular individual or entity was at-fault for the harm you have suffered in order to explore your legal options in a risk-free, confidential consultation setting. In fact, you’ll likely be doing yourself a favor by scheduling a consultation. Even if it turns out that you don’t have strong grounds to file a legal claim, you’ll have clarified your situation and won’t be left wondering, “What if?” well into the future.
Should I Speak with Hospital Administrators First?
It is generally not a good idea to speak with hospital administrators before you speak with a Salt Lake City, Utah hospital malpractice lawyer at our firm. Why? Hospital administrators will likely have hospital lawyers present when they meet with you. Those lawyers will be present to better ensure that the hospital’s interests are well-represented as administrators speak with you – a patient who may have suffered harm as a result of the hospital staff’s actions. You need to have an experienced advocate present who can better ensure that your interests are represented in such a meeting. If you don’t have a lawyer present, you may unintentionally say something that could devalue your case. Alternatively, you could feel pressured to accept a settlement offer that is worth far less than the compensation to which you may be entitled. If you haven’t already spoken with hospital administrators, please try to avoid doing so until you’ve spoken with our firm. It would be our honor to protect your rights and interests at this time.
Our Firm Is Here to Help
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medical error, please call our office today. The legal team at Rasmussen & Miner are available to meet and discuss your case and help you decide what legal options you have available.
Call a compassionate hospital malpractice lawyer Salt Lake City UT today at (801) 363-8500 to set up a free consultation.