“[M]edical errors are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S. At least 250,000 deaths each year can be attributed to medical care that has gone awry.”

— Los Angeles Times – May 3, 2016

The relationship between doctor and patient is one of trust – because our clients lack sufficient knowledge of the body and the practice of medicine to care for themselves and their loved ones, they have to trust that their doctors have the knowledge, skill, and ability to heal them when they are sick or injured. They are, in effect, entirely at the mercy of their medical professionals. Unfortunately, we deal with the tragic effects that medical malpractice has had on our clients on a daily basis.

Staggeringly, “[a] new tally of mistakes made in American hospitals suggests that medical errors are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S. At least 250,000 deaths each year can be attributed to medical care that has gone awry.” — Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2016. In other words, only cancer and heart disease cause more deaths in American hospitals than medical error.

Medical malpractice takes many forms, including failure to diagnose, untimely diagnosis, incorrect diagnosis, failure to treat, improper treatment, untimely treatment, incorrect medication or dosage, surgical failure, failure to remove surgical sponges, instruments, and other objects after surgery, errors in the administration of anesthesia, or operating on the wrong organ, limb, or body part to name just a few examples.

Victims of medical malpractice experience more than the loss of trust in the medical profession – their injuries can be catastrophic or even fatal. In addition to pain, suffering, and disability, victims of medical malpractice experience higher medical expenses, lost wages, and even permanent disability. As trusted advocates for the injured, the medical malpractice lawyers at Girvin & Ferlazzo can help you to recover for these damages and help ensure that whoever is responsible for your injuries doesn’t do to others what he or she has done to you.