Tens of thousands of patients die or are grievously harmed each year as a result of preventable medical errors. Every patient needs an advocate – someone to make sure the patient receives proper medical care and oversight. On a day to day basis, that is the role of family and friends.
However, when a severe medical mistake occurs, and someone is severely injured, family and friends may not be enough. Medical malpractice litigation may provide an injured patient with the resources necessary to help him/her adapt to whatever new burdens he/she may be suffering from as a result of substandard medical care.
Medical mistakes occur in epidemic proportions. It is estimated that 40,000 medical errors occur each day in the United States (1). Approximately 200,000 people will die this year as a result of medical negligence and hospital infections (2). In fact, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States (3). Too many people unnecessarily die or are injured every day due to medical negligence and only about 3% of those injured file lawsuits (4). When you or a loved one is seriously harmed as a result of medical error, the law may be your only advocate.
Attorneys at The Bongiorno Law Firm are here to help answer your questions and concerns about medical malpractice – because we care. Feel free to call us anytime.
1 Health Grades Sixth Annual, Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study, April 2009
2 Hearst Corporation National Investigation, 2009.
3 Extrapolated from Hearst Corporation National Investigation, 2009 and National
Vital Statistics Reports, Deaths: Final Data for 2006, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
4 Beyond the Blameº New York Times, September 23, 2003.