ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The most recent studies have found more than 400,000 lives and many more injuries may be caused by medical mistakes each year. It’s an astounding number and nearly all of the complications doctors ran into are considered preventable.
Unfortunately, healthcare providers and many doctors focus their attention on medical liability reform instead of patient safety. Hospitals, doctors and insurers have been lobbying state and federal lawmakers for years and in many states, they’ve successfully stripped away the legal rights of a person injured by medical malpractice.
“It’s more important than ever to have strong, knowledgeable lawyers on your side fighting for what’s right in cities like New York, Buffalo and Rochester,” medical malpractice attorney Ross Cellino said. “Instead of creating protocols to prevent these injuries in the first place, hospitals and insurance companies have consistently shown they’d rather prevent a victim from getting the compensation they deserve after a doctor’s mistake.”
Particularly in cases of childbirth, safety initiatives have shown to be an effective way of preventing serious harm to both a mother and a newborn. However, research has found best practices and standardized protocols are unevenly implemented.
“Some hospitals have successfully shown that their procedures can prevent medical mistakes and some complications,” Cellino said. “Unfortunately, many hospitals fail to implement these safety protocols and as a result, people get seriously hurt or worse.”
A report filed in 2009 estimated more than 150,000 injuries to newborns and mothers during childbirth could have been avoided every year. Other studies point out delivery complications were up to five times more likely in low-performing hospitals when compared to hospitals with high-performance scores.
“The evidence is there and it’s clear that thousands of medical injuries can be avoided,” Cellino said. “It’s time for the healthcare industry to open its eyes to this data and improve patient care instead of fighting it with lobbyists, effectively eliminating a patient’s rights to compensation.”
Medical malpractice attorneys say every case is unique and they suggest reviewing your options with a legal professional before deciding whether or not to take legal actions following a malpractice injury.