When you visit a medical provider due to an illness, injury or other condition, you put your health and well-being in another person’s hands. No one expects to become the victim of medical malpractice, but the sad fact of the matter is that it happens all the time. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injury or death due to the negligence of a physician, hospital or medical provider, it’s crucial to defend your rights. Law Offices of Gary Green is available to help you build a case in court. Learn more about medical malpractice cases below.

It’s easy to feel alone when you suffer a serious injury or illness due to the incompetence or negligence of a doctor. However, you’re in the same boat as many other people. The following five facts are sure to open your eyes:

Very Few Medical Malpractice Lawsuits are Filed – Hundreds of thousands of cases of medical negligence happen every year in the U.S., but a comparatively small number of lawsuits are filed. In other words, doctors and hospitals often get away with it, and that simply isn’t acceptable.

Hundreds of Thousands of People are Affected Each Year – Completely preventable medical errors are to blame for hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths each year in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control doesn’t include them on its list of the ten most common causes of death in the U.S. If it did, these cases would rank sixth.

There are Many Common Types of Medical Malpractice – As common as medical malpractice and negligence are, it’s not surprising that it comes in many forms. The most common types of medical malpractice are: post-surgical infections, injuries that are acquired in the hospital, medication errors, bed sores and pressure ulcers, infections, medical errors and objects retained during surgical procedures.

The Majority of Patients aren’t Informed – A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 70 percent of those who were victims of medical malpractice were not told about the situation at all. When issues occur, they are often swept under the┬árug. That’s why it’s critical for patients to speak up when necessary.

Doctors are Rarely Disciplined – If you think your doctor will be disciplined for his medical errors, think again. According to research, two-thirds of doctors who make 10 or more medical malpractice payments are never subjected to discipline of any kind.

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

If you have been harmed due to the negligence of a physician or other medical provider, it’s up to you to sue them in a court of law. However, you don’t have to go about it alone. With Law Offices of Gary Green by your side, you will be able to pursue your case in court and be compensated for your pain, suffering and medical expenses. Don’t wait around for your doctor to do the right thing. Contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com if you have questions or need additional information.

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Living Wills

A living will is designed for adults to be able to express their wishes concerning their own medical care when they are still in a position to communicate their desires. Living wills have been the subject of much controversy and debate in recent times.

There are many compelling reasons to have a written declaration concerning your medical care:

  • There might come a time when you are too ill to express your wishes
  • Your family members might not agree regarding health care decisions on your behalf
  • You can express your desires to your family members so they will know what decisions to make concerning your health care
  • You can remove the burden of making difficult decisions from your loved ones.

If you are in an incurable or irreversible condition, a living will can inform a doctor whether to use extreme life-saving measures such as life support or not, or whether to give or withhold artificial nutrition. Most states allow an individual who is of sound mind and 18 or older to execute a declaration controlling the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. This declaration must be signed by the declarant, or at the declarant’s direction, and witnessed by two individuals.

Healthcare Power of Attorney

A healthcare power of attorney is a document that gives another person the authority to make healthcare decisions for you in the event that you become incapacitated. This document would cover instances in which you are unconscious or unable to communicate and a decision is needed regarding surgery or other medical treatment. A healthcare power of attorney compliments a living will in that it covers those situations where you may be incapacitated, but your medical condition is not so grave that your living will becomes effective. A healthcare power of attorney is recommended in addition to a living will.

You should discuss with your family members and/or the person you designate as your health care proxy what types of end of life medical treatments you want. Your doctor should be able to assist you by answering any questions about certain medical treatments you may have. Once you have made your decisions, make your wishes known.

There are lawful requirements that must be followed in order to execute a legally binding Living Will or Healthcare Power of Attorney. If you would like to discuss your options, or need further consultation in this area, please call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free with no obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.