Anyone can be the victim of medical malpractice, including the members of our military. Medical mistakes happen every day in Pittsburgh and across the United States, injuring thousands of people each year because of medical malpractice.
Military members who have suffered a medical mistake at a military medical center may be able to participate in the Healthcare Resolutions program. This program is currently offered at 8 military medical centers with plans to expand to more. This program is a way for patients to discuss with doctors what went wrong with their medical procedure. The military center’s Healthcare Resolution specialist facilitates the release of medical information and coordinates meetings between the patient and the doctor. In 2014 the Healthcare Resolution specialists handled over 1,400 cases. This program does not take the place of legal action.
Everyone is entitled to accurate and safe medical care. When doctors make a mistake it can cause a serious injury or even death. The unexpected loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice can be traumatic for a family. Getting answers as to what happened can be reassuring and help with the grieving process. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help families get those answers and hold medical professionals accountable for their errors. They can review medical records and consult with medical experts. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Medical negligence can happen to anyone. It is important to make sure medical professionals are held accountable for their errors so that they don’t harm anyone else.
Source: militarytimes.com, “Military doctors, patients come together after medical errors“, Patricia Kime, Nov. 15, 2015