Residents of Rhode Island reported 60 adverse medical events in 2021, and 41 victims received payments for their claims. In Providence, Rhode Island Hospital was implicated in multiple egregious cases of medical malpractice from 2009 to 2018.
These are not isolated cases. Medical malpractice is alarmingly prevalent throughout the United States, causing an estimated 251,000 deaths annually. This figure does not include nonfatal cases and represents a small portion of the medical malpractice that occurs.
Jury verdict for a client whose lifelong disabilities were caused by medical negligence.
for the estate of a woman who passed as a result of surgical negligence.
for a family of an infant who died as a result of medical negligence.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when health care providers commit negligence by violating the reasonable standard of care, defined as the course of action a prudent health care provider would typically carry out, given the circumstances.
A health care provider is any health care professional or institution where health care is offered, such as:
Diagnostic errors are the most prevalent errors made in outpatient settings and include:
Failure to diagnose
Delaying treatment after diagnosis is the third most common medical error. Delayed treatment allows conditions to worsen and increases patients’ medical costs.
Anesthesia errors most commonly occur because of inadequate situational awareness during surgery. Situational awareness errors refer to the anesthesiologist’s:
Failure to perceive patient details
Failure to realize the implications of those details
Failure to plan
The most common consequence of anesthesia errors is brain injury, followed by respiratory impairments. Both injuries can cause disabling conditions and death.
The majority of medical errors in hospitals are surgical errors. These typically include:
Accidental lacerations that cause hemorrhages
Leaving instruments, sponges, or other foreign bodies inside the patient
Medication mistakes occur inside and outside health care facilities. Vulnerable populations experience heightened risks of medication errors. Children present dosing challenges, and the elderly are the most likely to be prescribed cardiovascular medications, which have the highest incidence of adverse drug interactions caused by medical errors. However, medication errors can happen to any patient.
Approximately one in every twenty patients acquires potentially life-threatening fungal, bacterial, and viral infections often leading to meningitis, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections.
These infections are most often caused by the failure of medical professionals to wash their hands.
NURSING HOME NEGLECT AND ABUSE
Nursing home residents have high rates of chronic health conditions that require extensive care due to immobility, fall susceptibility, dementia, and other disabilities.
Failure to frequently reposition immobile patients, leading to pressure ulcers, commonly known as bedsores
Lack of toileting and hygiene assistance
Lack of assistance eating or drinking
Failure to provide psychological support
Nursing home abuse is also medical malpractice because nursing homes are responsible for the safety of their residents. Sadly, nursing home residents too frequently endure abuse from visitors, other residents, and nursing home staff.
How Long Do I Have To File A Medical
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases including for victims of medical malpractice is three years from the date the injury occurred or the date the injury was discovered or should reasonably have been discovered.
It is imperative to involve an experienced medical malpractice attorney as early as possible to allow adequate time to interview expert witnesses and build your case.
How Can A Providence Medical
Malpractice Lawyer Help Me?
Medical malpractice cases are some of the most challenging personal injury claims. Health care providers and their insurance companies enjoy legal representation by some of the highest-performing lawyers in the nation. Proving these claims requires detailed analyses.
When you retain a Providence medical malpractice attorney from our law firm, you reap the following benefits:
High-caliber legal representation with no upfront fees
Sound legal advice from experienced medical malpractice attorneys
Vigorous advocacy during negotiations and, if necessary, in court
Personalized and compassionate service
Our vast network of resources, including in-house medical experts
We investigate medical malpractice cases thoroughly, affording our clients an advantage in court and negotiations.
Our results speak to the efficacy of our detailed approach:
$2.05 million recovered in the wrongful death caused by negligent anesthesia – administration
$1.5 million recovered for a wrongful death caused by an undiagnosed brain injury
$1.4 million awarded to a client who sustained permanent injuries from a surgical error
$1.4 million awarded after an obstetrical error caused birth defects
If you or your loved one has sustained an injury because of medical malpractice, the law offices of Marasco & Nesselbush can help you recover compensation for ongoing medical treatment and future financial security.
We are a leading medical malpractice law firm in Rhode Island, with offices in Providence, Wakefield, Warwick, and Woonsocket.
Call or contact us using our convenient online form to schedule a consultation and receive a free case evaluation.
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