Medical Malpractice: Don’t be silent!
Every medical professional in America is required – legally, morally, and ethically – to provide their patients with a professional standard of care. These standards exist for a simple reason: We trust doctors to take care of us when we are not well. Doctors learn and train for years in order to provide the absolute best care they can to their patients. They are an important part of our community, and they are expected to be flawless. This is a heavy burden, but one they must bear given how important their work is.
Each year, as many as 200,000 people in the United States die as a result of medical accidents. As many as 60% of these deaths are the direct result of medical negligence! Medical malpractice is the third most common cause of death each year in the U.S., per reports from the American Medical Association.
Up to 1% of all hospital patients are harmed by medical malpractice, but fewer than 3% of all malpractice victims file any sort of claim against the negligent doctors and medical staff responsible for harming them. Worse yet, as many as 75% of malpractice acts go unrecorded!
If you feel that a medical professional is not providing you with an acceptable standard of care, you must speak up! Second opinions are important, and not just limited to medicine: Speak to an attorney experienced in medical malpractice as soon as you believe you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice. Doctors may be human, but when lives are on the line, mistakes and sloppiness are not acceptable. By calling attention to negligence, you protect not only your own well-being, but the safety of your community.