A landmark study published by Harvard University in 1990 reported that about 80,000 people die each year in the United States because of circumstances involving medical malpractice in hospitals. Since then, subsequent reports have suggested that medical malpractice is even more prevalent in American medicine. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine released a report entitled To Err Is Human, which stated that medical errors may cause up to 98,000 preventable deaths each year. In addition to the thousands of reported incidents involving medical malpractice that occur in hospitals each year, thousands more occur in private clinics, doctors’ offices, and other medical facilities. Indeed, HealthGrades released a report in 2004 that suggested the actual number of preventable deaths due to medical error each year was closer to 195,000, nearly twice the number reported in To Err Is Human.
At Foley Law Firm, our medical malpractice lawyers and the only on staff medical doctor in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania handle an array of negligence claims, including those involving birth injuries, medication errors, the misdiagnosis of cancer, and surgical injuries. Contact our medical malpractice, birth injury, and hospital negligence attorneys in Scranton and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania to schedule a consultation.
When people are sick or injured, they should be able to rely on licensed medical professionals and institutions to provide safe, competent treatment. To ensure that the bond of trust between patient and caregiver is preserved, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, hospital administrators, pharmacists, and other health care professionals are required both legally and ethically to meet reasonable standards of care. When they fail to meet these standards, whether through a deliberate act or negligence, they may be held liable for any injuries or deaths that result. At Foley Law Firm, we provide aggressive legal representation to those who have been seriously harmed by preventable errors that constitute medical malpractice and hospital negligence. Our experienced and dedicated medical malpractice attorneys, medical doctor, and registered nurse in Scranton and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania have helped hundreds of victims and their families obtain compensation from negligent healthcare providers. It is one of the reasons Foley Law Firm was named in “Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon and is listed every year in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for expertise in medical malpractice, and it is also why Thomas J. Foley, Jr. is one of only two malpractice lawyers in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania listed in “Best Lawyers in America.”
Medical malpractice is a general term that covers many possible preventable errors, with consequences that can range from temporary injuries to the wrongful death of a patient. The vast majority of the medical malpractice cases our attorneys in Pennsylvania handle involve serious, often permanently debilitating injuries that are the direct result of negligent or improper medical care. These injuries usually cause victims and their families to suffer unexpected, overwhelming financial, emotional, and physical burdens. While nothing can truly compensate for the loss of health, our attorneys have successfully helped many victims and their families obtain compensation for medical bills, loss of income, pain, suffering, mental anguish, loss of support, and other causes of emotional and financial hardship.