Here at Donahoe Kearney, we spend a lot of time on education - we want you to know the information and resources out there, so that you can make the best out of your situation, for you and your family. That's important to us.
That means we also need to clear up a few myths - this one in particular is about medical malpractice claims.
MYTH: People always bring medical malpractice claims. Patients are over litigious, and people like suing their doctor even when there's nothing wrong with them. In essence, we hear all the time in the media and from politicians and insurance company interest groups that "people sue for medical malpractice too much".
TRUTH: According to Public Citizen, about 1 in 8 preventable medical errors in hospitals result in a claim for medical malpractice. That's 1 in 8. That means 7 out 8 times, or 87% of the time, a preventable medical error has occured (that never should have happened) and no one is being held responsible. So, if anything, people being hurt in hospitals aren't getting what they deserve most of the time. To put it frankly, they might not be suing enough.
I know this may come as a shock to most people - we didn't know this either. Public Citizen also reports that the number of new medical malpractice cases has dropped 4% from 1995 to 2000. If medical errors haven't also gone down, this means that even more people are getting hurt and not getting help for it. That's a big problem, and that's why every day we fight for people like you so that after an injury you can get back on your feet again, for you and your family. And, that's easier to do if your health care provider is being held accountable.
Don't be discouraged - especially if you feel your hospital, HMO or doctor caused a significant injury or medical condition because they did something wrong, look into it. Read here to see 4 Easy Ways to Tell If Your Injury Was the Result of Malpractice.
Then, call us at 202-393-3320 to talk to one of our attorneys about your specific situation and getting what you and your family need to get your life back on track.