The United States medical system has produced some of the most amazing miracles of the century. Thus, we generally hold physicians in the highest regard. Unfortunately, all physicians do not possess the same level of skill and expertise. Public respect for the work done by our medical community cannot be an excuse to disregard the shortcomings that we see in increasing numbers each year. Each year individuals across the country suffer lifelong, catastrophic consequences of medical negligence. Families can be shattered financially and emotionally after a loved one has been critically injured through preventable failures.
A 2000 article in The Journal of the American Medical Association statistically placed medical errors as the third largest cause of death in this country, only behind cancer and heart disease. (Starfield, M.D., Barbara, Is US Health Really the Best in the World? JAMA 2000; 284:483-485.) Going into a medical facility or for psychiatric treatment can be a source of severe anxiety to many of us. Treatment today can involve all levels of the medical field: primary care doctors, specialists, anesthetists, diagnosticians, nursing staff, and a number of interdependent medical professionals who take an oath to act in the best interest of their patient. Often times there is miscommunication between these different disciplines due to charting errors. As a consequence, patients can receive the wrong medication, the wrong dosage of medication, or even be misdiagnosed. The results can be fatal. One of the best protections is patient oversight and willingness to ask questions and to demand satisfactory answers. However, even this level of scrutiny cannot protect a patient from errors due to carelessness or incompetence that are completely outside the scope of any pro-active measures that were taken to ensure personal safety in a medical facility.
According to a 2008-2012 DHS study, almost one in three Medicare patients sent from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities was harmed by errors that occurred during his or her recovery treatment. Doctors reviewing the records determined that 59% of those errors were preventable. Hospital statistics, while given significantly more attention, have nonetheless shown no less frequency in their error rate. Both examples are alarming. But even more astounding is the fact that for over half of those recovering nursing home residents, the stay in the nursing facility necessitated a return to a hospital for treatment again. One can only draw the conclusion that the process of recovery in those homes is, at best, a risky gamble.
At Jehl Law Group, we are here to advise you of the best way to proceed with your case. Through careful review of medical records, journals, and consultations with medical authorities, our team of attorneys works with medical experts to accomplish this goal. Investigation begins with the process of reviewing data, gathering nurse assessments, and reviews of the chart by nurses and physicians. Our attorneys prepare cases through face-to-face meeting with hands-on care providers, intense medical review, and additional consultations with those we believe to be the most qualified experts in their specialized medical areas.
Consider both the experience and the resources of any attorney when you are pursuing a medical malpractice matter. These are some of the most expensive cases to pursue; thus, a firm with experienced experts, investigators, staff, and other resources will be the best prepared to take on the commitment of pursuing cases of this sort.