September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Most of us know how disruptive an injury or illness can be, especially since this always seems to happen at the worst possible time. When doctors have to run several tests to determine our condition, it can only add to the frustration that we may be feeling. In some situations, the actions of our health care providers may actually make our conditions worse, leading to even longer recovery times.
When medical professionals are negligent in providing treatment to a patient, they or their employers may find themselves facing a medical malpractice
claim. This allows the patient to recover damages due to the negligent care that was provided.
However, medical malpractice claims have been targeted as a major factor in the increase in health care costs across the country. Several states have enacted caps on the amount of compensation that victims are able to receive in these types of lawsuits, meaning that some individuals are unable to recover completely from the harm that was caused.
A new report by Public Citizen, a national non-profit organization, took a closer look at the connection between health care costs and medical malpractice claims. The results of the study showed that health care costs have risen nearly 60 percent in the last ten years, despite medical malpractice claims falling nearly 30 percent during the same time period.
Some individuals have blamed medical malpractice lawsuits for the increased costs due to the practice of defensive medicine. This is when physicians perform several procedures in order to rule out potential causes for injuries and illnesses, allegedly because they fear a lawsuit if they miss the underlying problems. These tests themselves may be adding to the nation's health care costs, even when there are caps in place that would limit any damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
These lawsuits are not the reason that health care costs have continued to rise. In most situations, these cases involve someone who has suffered a serious injury or died as a result of the improper treatment. These are significant errors, and the medical malpractice caps prevent these victims from receiving full compensation.
If you have been the victim of a health care professional's negligence, you should speak to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand the potential value of your claims, and assist you in pursuing compensation from those physicians and hospitals responsible for your injuries.
These are very complex cases, and will often involve very detailed testimony about the care that was provided. In many cases, it will be necessary to find experts qualified to discuss the appropriate standard of care. This will need to be presented in a clear way, so that the jury can connect the care received with the injuries sustained. Failing to do this may result in your claims being denied.
Article provided by Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP
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