Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer & Attorneys
Medical malpractice refers to mistakes made by doctors, nurses, hospital staff, pharmacists and other health care professionals. Unfortunately, medical mistakes cause injury and death to a staggering number of Americans every year. The Institute of Medicine – part of the National Academy of Sciences – estimates 44,000 to 98,000 hospital patients in the U.S. die each year from medical mistakes. This far exceeds the number of people killed in traffic accidents per year (43,000), or those who die yearly from breast cancer (42,300) or AIDS (16,400).
In addition to death, medical mistakes can cause significant injury to a patient. While it is difficult to determine the exact number of patients who have suffered injury due to a medical mistake, estimates are over 1 million a year.
Medical errors and serious misdiagnoses can threaten the lives of patients or cause critical injuries, requiring significantly more treatment, time off from work, or even the loss of a loved one. Sometimes the medical malpractice is obvious. For example, where the wrong body part is operated on or an instrument is left inside the patient’s body. Other times, however, it is difficult – if not impossible – for patients or their families to know when a medical mistake has been made. Every medical procedure has the risk of an adverse result even if there is no mistake by the doctor, nurse, or other staff. Medical malpractice requires proof that the doctor or other staff actually did something wrong that was different than what other similarly experienced doctors or medical staff would have done. Ultimately, other doctors and experts are necessary to determine whether there has been medical malpractice. However a medical malpractice lawyer can help initially evaluate a potential claim and find other doctors and experts to confirm this if necessary.
If there has been medical malpractice that injures a patient, the injured patient, or their family, is entitled to compensation. The Rochlin Law Firm, Ltd. can help evaluate these malpractice situations. Our attorneys have represented people who have had the wrong body part operated on, been given medicine that was different than the prescription, been injured by being dropped or not carefully watched, and other situations. If you think you may have been injured because of medical malpractice in MN or a medical mistake, call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation.