The third leading cause of death in the United States is not disease but medical error, according to a recent report from Johns Hopkins Medicine. The study published in The BMJ (formerly known as The British Medical Journal) found that medical error falls behind only heart disease and cancer in killing people in this country.
Despite this prevalence, medical malpractice cases can be complex and difficult to prove. It is important to have a law firm with sophisticated medical knowledge, that understands the value of medical experts, and has the financial wherewithal to litigate such cases.
Examples of medical errors include:
- Improper diagnosis
- Surgical injuries
- Objects left in the body
- Bad reaction to drugs
- Improper transfusions
- Mistaken patient identities
The key to success in many malpractice cases is the ability to review, interpret, evaluate, and present detailed records. In a medical malpractice case medical records are often considered the most valuable evidence to all parties involved. At Wilkes & McHugh, we know the importance of storing, analyzing, and presenting records related to malpractice claims. That is why we have a full-time professional staff trained to handle complex medical, legal, and accounting records with careful attention to detail. Our team completes a comprehensive review and reconstructs significant events in order to determine potential professional negligence.
In addition to handling various medical malpractice claims, Wilkes & McHugh also has the experience it takes to handle claims involving legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, dental malpractice, and pharmaceutical malpractice.