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$68 MillionLargest Jury Verdict in Fresno County history for failure to comply with hospital standards for patient safety, leaving elderly man in permanent coma. Jury also awarded punitive damages.
$5.5 MillionSettlement for failure to diagnose acute blood loss after cancer surgery resulting in brain damage to physician
$7 MillionPlus Settlement: Negligent performance of intubation post-operatively, resulting in severe brain damage to minor child.
$10.8 MillionConfidential settlement for an adult who suffered catastrophic injury from a stroke
$22 MillionRobyn Frankel vs. Palo Alto Medical Foundation GroupJury verdict for paralysis caused to patient after an unnecessary procedure.
$4.25 MillionSettlement for failure to quickly respond to a minor plaintiff’s hyperthermia after surgery resulting in catastrophic injuries including brain damage
$4 MillionSettlement for failure to diagnose fetal distress resulting in minor plaintiff suffering from severe static encephalopathy
$5.5 MillionSettlement for failure to diagnose and treat kernicterus resulting in severe brain damage of child

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Did You Know That Medical Malpractice Is One Of The Leading Causes Of Death?

Medical malpractice is the result of negligence by a healthcare professional who has delivered substandard care which resulted in harm, injury or death to a patient. According to John Hopkins University, the third leading cause of death in the United States for 2016 was due to “medical errors”. What is a medical error? Although this term has no concise definition, the ultimate factor at play is patient safety and the outcome of an adverse event when the care provided is in a negligent manner by a healthcare professional.

In recent years, healthcare facilities have taken on measures to reduce harm and injury to the patient by establishing policies and procedures that are often the result of a patient’s negative experience. So guidelines in place within the health care setting are usually outcome dependent and not necessarily a preventive approach for situations not yet experienced.

So what does this mean for you as the consumer? A medical error can occur in a hospital or any healthcare setting at any time and be due to absence of protocol. We’ve all heard the stories about incorrect medications and/or doses given by nurses, surgeries performed on the wrong part of the body, equipment left in wounds, and patient identification errors, but those are now events for which policy and procedures are in place to prevent further occurrences of the same kind. The big problem facing the consumer is the situation that has not occurred and since most healthcare settings are reactive versus proactive the risk of injury, harm, or death is high. Be aware that medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death and will be so until all involved in healthcare, including you the consumer, are completely aware and actively engaged in preventing an adverse outcome.

Even though healthcare providers try to prevent unintentional injury and/or death there are times when poor medical care has a bad outcome and you or your loved one require medical malpractice recovery. If you have any questions or need legal advice please contact us. An experienced attorney can help evaluate your case and determine the steps necessary to move forward.

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"In over 25 years of practice on the defense side of malpractice cases, Jeff Mitchell is the attorney I fear most. He takes very good cases. Jeff has the medicine and the applicable literature down cold. He is without a doubt the best cross-examiner I have ever seen. I have paid his clients a lot of money over the years."
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