Medical Malpractice

The Institute of Medicine, an independent body of experts that advises the Federal Government on matters of medicine and science, issued a landmark report in 1999 which found that preventable medical errors kill nearly 98,000 American each year and cost American taxpayers as much as $29 billion a year. 

On May 19, 2009, Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, issued a report stating that “there is little evidence to suggest that the number of people dying from medical harm has dropped since the Institute of Medicine first warned about these deadly mistakes nearly a decade ago.”  Consumers Union projected that preventable medical errors now account for more than 100,000 deaths each year – or as many as 1 million lives over the last decade.           

Medical malpractice occurs when a health-care provider does something that a reasonable health care provider would not do, or fails to do something that a reasonable health-care provider would do, as part of the diagnosis or treatment of a patient.  Health-care providers include individuals such as doctors, nurses, and therapists, as well as the medical facilities where they work, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. Circumstances which raise the possibility of medical malpractice include:

A vital component of all medical malpractice cases is credible expert testimony. Insurance companies and hospitals will utilize their vast financial resources to retain prominent experts to testify on their behalf so it is imperative that the patient's case be supported by experts of the same or higher caliber. Dever & Feldstein, LLC work only with prominent, Board-Certified medical experts from Maryland and around the Country. We have worked with the leading experts in numerous medical specialties including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Neurology, Pulmonology, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases and General and Specialized Surgery. By utilizing the top medical experts, we are able to obtain maximum recoveries for our clients in medical malpractice cases.

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