Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Phoenix, Scottsdale, AZ
As a patient visiting a doctor, you put your trust and health in their hands. Today, wherever you go, stories of multimillion-dollar medical malpractice suits abound. Victims of medical negligence understandably want to pursue their rights to be compensated for injuries, disability and death occurring from medical mistakes or negligence.
Medical malpractice is described as “an act or omission by a health care provider which deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and which causes injury to the patient.” In simple terms, medical malpractice is negligence on the part of a healthcare provider that causes injury, disability or death to the patient.
What is being done about medical malpractice in Phoenix and Scottsdale?
The incidence of medical error is on the rise. In response, hospitals have begun to adopt policies to eliminate charges to the patient for treatments that result in preventable, serious medical errors. These errors are known as “never events.” In fact, in August of 2007, Medicare stated it would no longer pay hospitals in cases where a procedure involved eight or more serious medical errors.
A medical error is seen as:
- Operating on the wrong person
- Operating on the wrong part of the body
- Anesthesia errors
- Prescription drug errors
- Failure to diagnose a life-threatening condition
- Failure to order the proper tests
- Patient abuse or neglect
Studies claim from 2004 to 2006, researchers at physician-owned medical malpractice insurance company, The Doctors Company, found that ‘system errors’ contributed to 30% of all settled claims. The most common errors were:
- Medication-related errors (32%)
- Communications errors (27%)
- Healthcare associated infections (18%)
- Medical records errors (13%)
- Identification errors or wrong site surgery (5%)
The National Medical Error Disclosure and Compensation (MEDiC) bill was introduced in 2005 but never enacted. It was legislation that highlighted the need for better communication and full disclosure of errors between medical providers and patients. In the meantime, hospitals are taking matters into their own hands via a comprehensive program called The Safest Hospital Alliance, focused on reducing medical errors by 80 percent.
Despite the best efforts of Congress and the medical community at large, medical errors continue to occur at alarming rates. Victims of medical malpractice and their families want justice now. To get the justice you deserve requires the patience, expertise, skill and experience of highly qualified Medical Malpractice Attorney in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
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