Preventable medical errors leading to patient deaths have reached an all-time high of 400,000 deaths a year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), these devastating figures make medical errors and cancer misdiagnosis the third leading cause of death in the country, behind heart disease and cancer.
The Story of an HGTV Star That Could Have Ended Much Worse
Tarek El Moussa, 34 years old, owes his life to a registered nurse viewer who noticed an unusual lump on his neck while watching his show “Flip or Flop” on television. El Moussa’s TV producer received a disturbing email from a fan approximately two years ago. The email was from Ryan Read, a trained nurse, and read:
“This is not a joke. I’m a registered nurse. I’ve been watching ‘Flip or Flop.’ I noticed that the host Tarek has a large nodule on his thyroid, and he needs to have it checked out.”
El Moussa already had a doctor check out the lump. He was informed that it was nothing he should worry about. However, the email prompted him to request a biopsy, which revealed the nodule was cancerous and cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. El Moussa underwent thyroid radioactive iodine therapy to combat the aggressive disease. Had cancer not been misdiagnosed, perhaps it would not have spread to his lymph nodes.
Medical Mistakes and Errors Are Costly
Nearly every professional makes mistakes. However, when a mistake is made by a healthcare professional, the cost can be life threatening. Even the smallest medical mistake or misdiagnosis can seriously impact the life of the patient and the lives of his or her loved ones. As a result of the medical negligence, the victim may need to go through extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation that may have been easily avoided had the mistake not been made in the first place.
Legal Protection For Medical Malpractice
When a physician provides substandard care that results in additional injuries or even death, the patient should seek the help of an attorney who specifically handles medical negligence. Although filing a personal injury claim against the negligent medical professional will not undo the harm done, it can provide the victim with the monetary compensation to obtain the medical treatment needed to deal with the medical error, as well as provide compensation for the additional pain and suffering.
At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., our attorneys understand the ramifications of medical negligence on the patient and their family members. We are aggressive in getting our clients the full extent of monetary compensation they are entitled to for the injuries they have suffered.
If you or a loved one was injured due to the negligent actions of a healthcare professional and would like to consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer New York, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.