Medical Malpractice Cases in San Diego
Doctors and other health professionals are often the most trusted people in our lives. Often our lives literally depend upon them and when errors are made they can be quite serious. In fact, according to a report made by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences it was estimated that close to 100,000 individuals die in hospitals due to medical errors. Harvard did another sampling type of study on the patients of New York State hospital. Within the representative group it was found that fully 1% suffered harm as the result of negligence on the part of the health practitioner. Of this 1% that suffered injury and of those many of them died. While those percentages may seem small they grow quite significantly when estimated over a nationwide scope. The estimate is close to a quarter of a million injured and over 75,000 that died as the result of negligence or medical errors. Both of these studies were confined to hospitals and did not take into account the injuries and fatalities across the entire medical profession or health industry.
For this reason it is very important to consult with a San Diego medical malpractice lawyer if you suspect harm as the result of medical errors, adverse drug side effects or negligence.
Who is Responsible for Medical Malpractice
Many studies of hospital environments and emergency room personnel have revealed some startling facts. Often the staff is extremely overworked and dangerously under-rested. One study showed residents being scheduled for as long a period as 37 hours without rest or sleep. They can often be scheduled for so called "on call" shifts which will allow for little if any sleep over an extended period of time. All of us have experienced what it is like to go without sleep and it is not an unknown fact that as fatigue sets in so does the risk of making errors or mistakes rise. While a mistake at work might be easily corrected the next day such mistakes involving an individual's life cannot be so easily remedied. The point being that the responsibility for medical malpractice can extend far beyond the doctor and include the organization, administrative staff, drug companies and many others.
The Pacific Attorney Group has long devoted itself to the mission of assisting those who have suffered from medical malpractice. These cases can be quite difficult to prove and can demand exhaustive bodies of evidence. Often the bulk of evidence can only be obtained from those individuals or organizations that are being sued. This creates a difficult climate for litigation and requires a sophisticated and experienced legal team to successfully navigate those waters and obtain compensation or a settlement.
If you feel that medical errors, mistakes or negligence may have lead to harm, bodily injury or even a death it is important that you seek legal counsel. Please
contact a San Diego Medical Malpractice Attorney
concerning your case without delay.