Medical Malpractice Survivors and Families Travel to Washington DC to Stand for Personal Injury Victims’ Rights

Last week, families from outside Washington DC traveled to the US to ask Congress to preserve medical malpractice victims’ legal rights. Their visit comes as the White House and Congress work on a final health care reform bill that has some lawmakers pushing to limit the legal rights of patients who were injured because of medical negligence.

According to USAction executive director Jeff Blum, about 98,000 Americans die every year because of medical mistakes. Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division director David Arkush notes that even many medical errors are preventable, the number of people affected by medical mistakes has reached epidemic heights. He says that Congress should cure the epidemic, not limit victims’ rights.

Washington DC Medical Malpractice

Doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, dentists, plastic surgeons, optometrists, dermatologists, gynecologists, obstetricians, and other medical professionals must provide patients with a certain level of care. When failure to provide that care results in a medical mistake that causes injury or death, the medical provider can be held liable for medical malpractice.

Grounds for filing a Washington DC Medical Malpractice Claim:
• Failure to obtain informed consent
• Surgical errors
• Wrong diagnosis
• Delayed diagnosis
• Birthing errors
• Negligence, carelessness, or recklessness
• Medication mistakes
• Wrong site surgery
• Leaving surgical tools in patients
• Operating on the wrong body part or organ
• Removing the wrong body part or organ
• Anesthesia errors
• Performing the wrong procedure on the patient

Medical mistakes can be extremely painful and costly for the patient. A medical malpractice victim may even have to undergo more procedures and suffer from medical complications because of a medical error. Medical malpractice can even lead to Washington DC wrongful death.

Injured Medical Malpractice Survivors Travel to Washington, D.C., to Protect Patients’ Rights, Common Dreams, October 21, 2009
Related Web Resources:
Medical Malpractice, Nolo
Health Care Reform, The White House
Medical Practice, Public Citizen

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