Medical Malpractice in Doctor’s Offices And Hospitals

Medical Malpractice in Doctor’s Offices And Hospitals

Rock Hill SC Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical malpractice continues to be a major problem affecting millions of people in the United States.  The National Institute of Health places the number of deaths from medical malpractice each year around 225,000, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States, following heart attacks and cancer.  This does not even take into account all the serious injuries, including permanent injuries that occur each year because of medical malpractice, or the million plus patients who are injured because of medication errors in hospitals, doctors’ offices and nursing facilities.

Medical malpractice lawsuits often involve doctors, nurses, and hospitals.  Even though most nurses are employees of the hospitals, most doctors are independent contractors.  This creates an extra layer of legal protection for the hospital if medical malpractice occurs due to the negligence of a doctor.  Patients are also required to sign forms, including the condition of admission which states that the doctors are not employees of the hospital, but rather independent contractors.  Patients who are injured by medical malpractice therefore need to name the doctors as defendants, as well as the hospital in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Patients often enter hospitals with pre-existing medical conditions; therefore it becomes even more challenging in a medical malpractice case to prove that medical negligence caused serious injuries or death to the patient.  Physicians who are responsible for medical malpractice may blame the injury on the patient’s pre-existing medical condition, rather than accepting responsibility for their own negligence. In situations like this, retaining the services of the best medical malpractice lawyer possible, especially one who is also a licensed medical doctor, is vital for proving medical malpractice occurred and obtaining the largest settlement or verdict possible for the injured patient.

Another problem with hospital malpractice involves overcrowded emergency rooms and overworked medical staff.  A serious medical problem can progress into a severe medical emergency if a patient in need of immediate medical care is kept waiting too long.  The patient may also be rushed through the examination and misdiagnosed.  If the hospital is understaffed, it may even bring in less experienced replacement workers to help fill the void.  This can lead to severe injuries or even death to patients.

Contact the Medical Malpractice Law Firm of Bice Law

If you believe you have suffered injury or harm due to medical malpractice, take the first step to protect your legal rights contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law.   We serve families across both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly.  Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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