According to a study by Johns Hopkins, medical errors account for nearly 250,000 deaths each year, while other studies say that number could be as high as 440,000. That makes medical mistakes the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
Medical malpractice can be one of the most challenging types of personal injury cases to prove, as the burden of proof is typically more complex than cases involving motor vehicle accidents, or slip-and-fall incidents.
Malpractice cases stem from numerous medical errors, but the top seven are:
In most personal injury cases, a plaintiff must prove negligence by the defendant, that those actions led to the plaintiff’s injury and that the defendant is responsible for the damages caused. In medical malpractice cases, plaintiffs must prove these three conditions exist:
Once all three steps above are proven, you can seek compensation for economic damages, including:
You can also seek non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, which can be difficult to determine.
Changes to Tennessee laws and regulations have made it increasingly difficult to pursue medical malpractice cases. That’s why it’s crucial to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney with the expertise, knowledge and resources to fight for the compensation you deserve.