One of the biggest fears many patients have when being admitted to a Portsmouth, Virginia (VA) hospital is getting seriously injured or losing their life due to a doctor or surgeon's mistake. This mistake may occur while you're under the knife (i.e. during surgery) or while you're receiving a powerful prescription medication. You are justified in your concerns. The sixth largest killer of Americans is preventable medical errors, according to the American Association for Justice.
Medical News Today reports that nearly 200,000 people die from medical mistakes like a perforated bowel, surgical instruments such as sponges or clamps left inside a patient from a surgery, and misdiagnosis. In addition, over 1.5 million people are seriously injured due to prescription medication errors.
If you've been seriously injured due to a prescription drug or doctor's mistake while at the hospital, you're probably feeling a little overwhelmed with questions and concerns about what to do. Suffering an injury at the hospital is like having a sacred trust violated. Most of us believe that when you go to the hospital and see a doctor, you're going to get better, not to wind up with a potentially life-altering injury.
The questions and issues surrounding your injury need to be sorted out and this is why you should consult with a Portsmouth medical malpractice lawyer. We can help answer some of those questions you're likely to be asked by your insurance company when you seek compensation and we can analyze your situation to see if you should pursue a personal injury claim against the doctor or surgeon who caused the injury.
The biggest mistake many people make is trying to pursue compensation on their own without the services of a medical malpractice lawyer in Portsmouth. Insurance companies prey on people who do not have legal representation. The laws in VA are already designed to make it difficult for an individual to receive compensation from a medical malpractice claim. For example, before you can initiate litigation against a health care provider, you must obtain a "certificate of merit" signed by an expert witness who is qualified and trained in the field of medicine that concerns your type of injury.
Don't make this process harder on yourself than it needs to be by trying to battle an insurance company on your own. Give our firm a call for a free, no-hassle consultation or fill out our quick contact form on the right side of your screen.
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