When you go in for a medical procedure, you are putting your trust, your health, and your life in a doctor’s hands. Usually, a doctor lives up to that trust, but sometimes they do not. In fact some doctors are repeatedly the subject of medical malpractice lawsuits because of the injuries they cause to patients. If you have been hurt by one of these doctors, you deserve compensation for your injuries.
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What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is when doctors fail to live up to the standards of their profession. Instead of healing, they either completely fail to help or may even cause injury. Some of the more common situations in which doctors cause injury include:
Every one of these errors have the potential to cause permanent, serious harm. They may result in additional medical bills, a lifetime of disability, ongoing pain, even death.
Most Doctors Are Good, but the Profession Doesn’t Police Itself
The good news is that most doctors are good. When you are going to have any medical procedure, you have a high chance of getting a skilled doctor. About 82% of doctors never had a medical malpractice payment made because of an error, according to research by activist group Public Citizen.
On the other hand, a few doctors are responsible for most of the major medical malpractice payouts. Just 6% of doctors are responsible for 60% of all payouts, with just 1% of doctors responsible for 20% of payouts.
However, these doctors are not disciplined by their state medical boards. Here are the percentage of doctors with multiple payouts that are disciplined:
2 or more medical malpractice payments:8.6% disciplined by state board
3 or more payments: 12% disciplined
4 or more payments: 15% disciplined
10 or more payments: 33% disciplined
That’s right, two thirds of doctors who made ten or more medical malpractice payments were never disciplined by the state medical board.
Your Lawyer Can Help
When you think you have been hurt by a doctor’s negligence, you need the help of a qualified medical malpractice lawyer. In many states, doctors have claimed that they need additional protections, so it is harder than ever to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. You need an attorney who knows how to overcome the hurdles to file a successful medical malpractice lawsuit.
No one can guarantee success in a lawsuit, but AccidentAttorneys.org has collected a group of lawyers that have been recognized by their peers or by independent ratings services as being among the leaders of the profession.
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