According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in hospitals annually due to preventable medical errors. A survey of doctors and other adults released and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that more than 1/3 of the doctors said they or their family members had experienced medical errors, most leading to serious health consequences. The cost to society in terms of disability and healthcare costs, lost income, lost household production, and the personal costs of care are estimated to be between $17 billion and $29 billion. In contrast, the medical liability system costs $6.7 billion annually, about what is spent on dog food each year.
Only 5% of the doctors (1 of 20) are responsible for 54% of malpractice payouts (National Practitioner Databank, September 1, 1990 through September 30, 2002).
Only 8% of the doctors (1 of 12) with two or more malpractice payouts have been disciplined by their state medical board. (National Practitioner Databank, September 1, 1990 through September 30, 2002).
Edward J. Hund has extensive experience in the area of medical malpractice and patient’s rights. His success includes settlements and verdicts in cases involving obstetrics, cardiology, family practice, neurosurgery, orthopedics, general surgery, internal medicine, and hospital care.
A substantial number of Mr. Hund’s medical malpractice cases are sent to him by other attorneys who concentrate their practice in other areas and are aware of his experience in these types of claims. Claims arising from medical malpractice or a medical provider’s mistakes in treatment of patients, diagnosis of illness, or surgical procedures often involve serious injuries. When mistakes are made by doctors, nurses, or hospital personnel, the claims are complicated and proof of liability is complex. Litigation of these claims requires a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. The firm treats each case as a new challenge, not only to develop the legal claim, but to understand, analyze, and obtain expert testimony essential to establishing liability. If you are interested in learning more about whether you or a family member has a potential claim, please contact Edward J. Hund. There is no charge to you unless there is a recovery in your case.