What Causes Medical Malpractice to Occur?
Doctors spend well over a decade in school, and surgeons often spend even longer gaining knowledge and honing their skills. Because of how highly trained and educated they are, it’s hard to imagine that they make many mistakes—let alone mistakes caused by preventable errors and even negligence.
But unfortunately, serious mistakes occur all the time in the medical field, and some of those mistakes have serious consequences for patients. In fact, medical mistakes kill more than 7,000 previously healthy people every year, and more than 250,000 overall die as a result of these errors. But what causes medical mistakes and malpractice?
There are many reasons medical malpractice happens, but some of the most common causes include:
- Impairment—Sometimes, doctors treat patients while they’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Being impaired can significantly impact their judgment and cause them to make deadly mistakes.
- Rushing—Many doctors face staff shortages, a lack of time, and too many patients to see in a single day. That can cause them to rush through examinations and procedures, resulting in oversights and mistakes.
- Not following procedures—Doctors and surgeons are supposed to do their jobs by the book, especially when operating. But providers who skip steps may puts patients at risk of wrong-site operations or even left-behind surgical tools.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers don’t let negligent healthcare providers get away with harming patients because of their carelessness. We hold them and hospitals accountable for the injuries and illnesses their patients suffer.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a negligent medical professional, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
We Level the Playing Field for Medical Malpractice Victims
Of all the personal injury claims out there, medical malpractice seems like one of the most “sure-fire” for victims. After all, how can you not have a claim to compensation when a negligent doctor or surgeon causes you to suffer a serious illness or injury?
But unfortunately, healthcare providers, clinics, and hospitals are all well-protected against medical malpractice. Not only do they have protocols in place to deny it happened, but they also legal teams to insulate them from claims. Finally, their medical malpractice insurance providers are also combative and uncooperative.
All of this adds up to making medical malpractice claims difficult to win—unless you have an experienced law firm on your side, that is. When healthcare providers, clinics, hospitals, and insurers find out that patients and their families are represented by aggressive legal teams, they often quickly change their tunes.
That’s because experienced law firms know how to pinpoint when and where medical malpractice occurred by examining evidence, listening to expert opinions, and interviewing witnesses and other healthcare professionals. Without an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer, it’s easy for victims to find themselves not being taken seriously by the parties that owe them significant compensation.
If you or someone you love was harmed by someone or somewhere that was supposed to make you feel better, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation. We aren’t afraid to take on medical malpractice cases, whether they’re against a single doctor or a large hospital.
What Happens if Your Doctor or Hospital Denies Medical Malpractice?
Dealing with a serious injury or illness that occurred after you were treated by someone who was supposed to make you feel better can be extremely difficult. You may feel like your trust was violated and that your healthcare provider didn’t care about your wellbeing or recovery. And while not at all poor outcomes are caused by medical malpractice, some are—but getting doctors, hospitals, and clinics to admit that malpractice occurred can be difficult.
In fact, most healthcare providers and facilities will initially deny malpractice in almost all claims. That’s because the burden of proof is enormous and it lies solely on the victims themselves and their lawyers if they choose to hire them. In addition, medicine is an inexact science, and that means mistakes and poor outcomes can be waved away or minimized by providers, their legal teams, and their insurers.
But having an experienced and aggressive legal team on your side can change everything. Even the most uncooperative healthcare provider or facility can’t do much when there’s overwhelming evidence pointing towards negligent behavior causing an injury or illness. And at Skolrood Law Firm, that’s exactly what we look for when we build medical malpractice claims for our clients.
Our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers don’t leave anything to chance, and we don’t give doctors or hospitals any “outs.” We build airtight claims filled with evidence they can’t deny, and we demand they pay our clients fair and square for what they’ve been through. Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help you and your family.