What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is essentially the failure of medical providers — including doctors, pharmacists, radiologists, laboratory technicians and nurses — to use reasonable care in treating a patient. A medical error is one of its red flags.
Citing previous Institute of Medicine figures, a 2003 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reads, “The studies suggest that at least 44,000 and many as 98,000 Americans die each year due to medical error. These numbers exceed the eighth leading cause of death, and suggested more people die in a given year as a result of medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS.”
Those who survive a medical error may be injured such that they are entitled to compensation. The medical malpractice attorneys at Reich & Binstock want to help those who have been harmed by a medical error.
Errors include a delay in diagnosis or a misdiagnosis, improperly administered treatment, and the administering of either the wrong dose of a drug or the inappropriate drug. There are additional practical definitions of a medical error, and the experienced attorneys at Reich & Binstock can examine your situation, or that of a loved one, to determine whether damages may be recoverable.
Although errors may be more easily detected in hospitals, the problems extend to every health care setting, including day surgery and outpatient clinics, retail pharmacies, nursing homes and home care. Add the financial cost to the human tragedy and medical error easily rises to the top ranks of urgent, widespread health problems.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Reich & Binstock have filed lawsuits for clients who have been victimized by medical negligence, an area of tort law in which the provider rendered care that was below the required standard. That standard of care is established by the use of highly trained and qualified medical experts.
If you believe you have suffered an injury as a result of medical malpractice, then call the medical malpractice attorneys at Reich & Binstock to schedule a free-of-charge initial consultation. If you are not sure as to whether you might have a compensable injury, then call Reich & Binstock anyway and make sure. Call toll-free at 866-LAW-2400 or use the electronic contact form on this page.