When we visit with a medical professional, we expect them to use their years of education, training, and experience to provide us with high-quality care. When this does not happen, we may be seriously injured as a result.
Below, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys discuss three reasons why such errors should not go unaddressed.
#1. The Potential for Serious or Fatal Injuries
Medical professionals, in most situations, have patients’ lives in their hands. As such, any error they make—whether it’s a surgical error, a medication error, or a birth injury—can leave patients with serious, sometimes life-long injuries.
For example, a doctor who prescribes the wrong type or dose of medication can lead to a patient’s wrongful death. An obstetrician who pulls or twists on an infant too hard during the labor and delivery process can permanently injure them. An anesthesiologist who administers too high of a dose of anesthesia can leave a patient in a coma.
These errors can have serious consequences—not only for the patient, but also for those who depend on them for support.
#2. The Potential for Significant Financial Losses
The effects of medical malpractice do not disappear if or when a victim recovers from their injuries. The effects of medical malpractice are, in most cases, life-long.
One such life-long effect is the financial losses that medical malpractice victims often incur after their injury. Some injuries caused by medical malpractice are so severe that victims require long-term rehabilitative care. They may also be unable to return to work, which can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages.
These consequences can leave a victim and their family in financial ruin.
#3. The Potential for Other Patients to Be Harmed
When people are not held accountable for their actions, there is a strong possibility that they will commit the same mistake (intentional or unintentional) again. Therefore, another good reason to pursue a medical malpractice claim is to ensure future patients do not suffer the same harm that you did.
Suffered from Medical Malpractice? Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a medical professional, our team is here to help. We have the experience and resources needed to take on hospitals and insurance companies, and we’re prepared to do so on your behalf.
Contact The Villari Firm, PLLC today at (215) 372-8889 to schedule a free consultation with our team.