We place a tremendous amount of faith and trust in doctors, nurses, caregivers, and other medical professionals. But, physicians and nurses are busy people. Many times they are overworked, lack sleep, and are rushed to care for too many patients. And medicine itself is no longer focused solely on patient care – it is a profitable business that is run primarily by individuals and companies focused on the bottom line. Too many times, this combination results in medical errors, which can result in injury and sometimes death. While not every mistake by a healthcare provider rises to the level of medical malpractice, if the mistake was due to negligence and this mistake resulted in injury, it may be the basis for a medical malpractice claim.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Saldivar & Associates, PLLC have extensive experience handling complex medical malpractice claims. We have represented malpractice victims in a wide variety of medical malpractice claims, including mistakes by hospitals, medication errors, birth injuries, wrongful death, failure to diagnose correctly, failure to treat correctly, nursing mistakes, negligence in surgery, and much more. Our insight into medical malpractice issues is unique – our attorneys have served as defense attorneys for doctors, nurses, and hospitals in medical malpractice claims and have seen firsthand the devastating effects of medical errors. Because of our experience on both sides of the issue, we bring a unique combination of knowledge and expertise to medical malpractice cases.
Our Commitment to You
At Saldivar & Associates, PLLC, we understand the complexity of medical malpractice claims in Arizona. The medical malpractice laws in Arizona have been described by some as the worst for victims in the country. Recent reform laws passed in Arizona severely limit the amount of compensation malpractice victims can be awarded, and increase the difficulty and expense of pursuing these types of claims. However, this does not deter us from pursuing cases for victims of medical negligence, nor does it make our attorneys any less dedicated to representing injury victims. Our attorneys carefully review each potential medical malpractice case to determine if a case can be pursued, we review our cases with some of the leading experts in the country, and we are candid with our clients throughout this process about their case, as well as the state of the medical malpractice laws in Arizona. Through extreme attention to detail, hard work, and a passion to represent injury victims, our attorneys manage each case individually to establish liability, prove damages, and will fight to get each and every one of our clients the compensation they may deserve.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 1,000 people die each day from preventable medical errors, and more than 10,000 serious complications result from medical errors on a daily basis. Further, according to a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, approximately 225,000 people die each year due to iatrogenic causes, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals
106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medication
While these statistics may seem astounding, it is simply a result of the constant pull away from placing patients first. Medicine is a profitable business, and too often profits are placed above patients. Too often our healthcare providers are over worked, under trained, or overwhelmed, and the result of this is medical errors that cause injuries to patients.
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If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of a medical error, it is important that you speak to an attorney immediately. Our attorneys have experience in all aspects of medical malpractice cases. Know your rights. Call the Saldivar & Associates, PLLC today to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. All calls are confidential.