Finding the Right Medical Malpractice Lawyer Near You
June 18, 2018
Summer is the time to kick back and enjoy the pleasures of longer days and beach-worthy weather. It’s a carefree season—unless you or a loved one is injured. When that happens, your first priority (after seeking emergency medical attention) should be finding a good medical malpractice lawyer.
You may be wondering: why do I need a lawyer? What do I look for? How do I find a good medical malpractice lawyer near me?
“A good medical malpractice lawyer can help you receive the compensation you’re entitled to when you or a loved one is injured,” says Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “Look for a law firm with experienced attorneys who will listen to your concerns and fight for your rights. In Michigan, that’s The Sam Bernstein Law Firm.”
The “July Effect” on Medical Malpractice
An experienced lawyer can also help with another potential problem that is more likely to occur during the summer: the incidence of medical malpractice rises in July.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University report that medical malpractice is the 3rd leading cause of death, causing an estimated 250,000 deaths per year in the United States. A study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic showed a higher rate of patients who had spinal surgery in July were treated for post-operative complications such as infections and faulty stitches; while a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine reported a 10% increase in fatal medication errors during July. These mistakes were more prevalent in teaching hospitals.
There are a number of reasons for this increase in medical mistakes:
- In July, a new crop of medical school graduates begin their internships.
- At the same time, last year’s interns and junior residents move up to the next step, with new responsibilities and different working environments.
- Sleep deprivation, a common condition among doctors-in-training, can lead to medical mistakes.
- New doctors usually lack the hands-on experience needed to make sound medical decisions, especially where medication is involved.
Staying Safe in Summer
Sometimes a trip to the hospital cannot be avoided, but there are steps you can take to avoid becoming the victim of medical malpractice:
- If possible, do not schedule elective procedures during summer, especially in a teaching hospital.
- Bring a list of current medications to every hospital visit, and make sure it is placed in your records.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any doubts about a medication or medical procedure.
“The law is complicated, but finding the right medical malpractice lawyer is simple,” said Bernstein. “If you or a family member is hurt in a motor vehicle crash or boating accident, or injured by a driver while walking or bicycling, call us immediately. We’ll help you get the benefits you deserve.”
Call 1-800-CALL-SAM today for a free, no-obligation consultation.