There’s no doubt about it, hospitals and the healthcare professionals
that work there provide critical services for men, women and children
with injuries, serious illnesses and other medical conditions that require
skilled, expert care. And when you visit a hospital, you have every right
to expect you’ll receive safe and appropriate care based on your
medical needs.

But according to a report from researchers at
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, all too often, medical errors occur that can have serious and even deadly
consequences. In fact, according to that report, medical errors are the
third-leading cause of death in the U.S. (behind heart disease and cancer),
and are responsible for more than 250,000 deaths each year.

Interestingly, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists respiratory illnesses as the third-leading cause of death –
and doesn’t list medical errors at all. Why? Because currently,
the CDC doesn’t track deaths caused by medical errors; instead,
it uses medical billing codes to rank the causes of death in the U.S.
Since medical errors don’t have a billing code, they aren’t
included in the rankings.

That’s just one of the problems associated with proving that
medical malpractice or negligence occurred and caused a death. In fact, proving a medical
malpractice case takes a lot of work and a lot of skill – and that’s
why working with a skilled and experienced medical malpractice attorney
is one of the wisest steps you can take to protect your rights.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Not every complication or issue that occurs during a hospital stay qualifies
as malpractice. In order to file a claim against a healthcare provider
or hospital, your claim must meet certain characteristics that demonstrate
negligence.

Specifically, malpractice claims must show:

  • Standard of care was not followed: Patients have the right to safe medical care. The law requires medical
    professionals to give the same care that a reasonably careful doctor,
    nurse or other professional would give to anyone in the same or similar
    circumstances. If care falls short of that standard, the provider may
    be considered negligent.
  • The negligence caused an injury: It’s not enough simply to violate the standard of care; in order
    to file a claim, the patient must also prove that they suffered an injury
    as a result of that negligence.
  • The injury caused or resulted in significant damages: To pursue a medical malpractice claim, the injury sustained by the patient
    must be significant, resulting in loss of income, disability, extreme
    pain or suffering, or significant medical costs, including future costs.

Have You Been a Victim of Medical Malpractice?

Not all medical malpractice lawyers are “created equal.” And
because medical malpractice cases can be so complex — and so much
of your life, your financial welfare and your future may be at stake —
it’s vitally important to select a medical malpractice lawyer who
has the skills, experience and resources to make sure your rights are
fully protected and expertly represented.

The Mellino Law Firm is a leading medical malpractice law firm in the Greater
Cleveland area, and that’s an honor we take seriously. We work closely
with each client, gathering important information and expert testimony
to develop strong cases, working hard to garner the best settlements for
our clients in and out of court.

If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you deserve to
have the best legal representation possible. Let us help you get the compensation
you deserve for your injuries and losses. Call the Mellino Law Firm at
(440) 333-3800 or use
our online contact form and request your free consultation today.