The Epidemic of Medical Error
When Sharon Zawatski’s doctor diagnosed her with ovarian cancer, she knew she needed surgery in order to save her life. However, the doctor botched the surgery by only removing one ovary instead of both. Because of this massive error, Ms. Zawatski died from ovarian cancer at the age of 58. Afterward, her husband sought justice. Mr. Edward Zawatski subsequently won a medical malpractice lawsuit in the amount of $1.9 million.
Doctors spend many years learning the art and science of medicine, but this does not make them immune from mistake. In fact, medical errors are more common than you think. In the United States, almost 100,000 people die every year from preventable medical errors. Further, approximately 1.7 million U.S. patients fall victim to healthcare-associated infections. Often, these events are totally preventable.
When a medical professional performs his or her duties in a carless fashion, it is the patient who pays the price. It can result in a worsening of the initial condition, new injuries, trauma or even death. Common medical malpractice examples include:
- Leaving an object inside the patient
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Operating on the incorrect patient
- Post-operation infection
- Anesthesia inaccuracy
Regardless of the extent of damage caused by medical malpractice, the wrongful party should be held responsible. As a victim of a reckless or negligent medical professional, you may be entitled to the following compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of society and companionship
If you or a loved one has suffered due to medical malpractice, an Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyer can help. At The Barkett Law Firm, we’ll fight for the compensation you rightly deserve.