The Many Faces of Medical Malpractice

By Peter DePaolis

Most people associate medical malpractice with doctors, particularly surgeons. While thousands of patients suffer injuries every year at the hands of negligent doctors and surgeons, victims report instances of medical negligence every day at the hands of other healthcare workers. Nurses, physical therapists, dentists, orthodontists, nursing assistants, and occupational therapists have committed acts of medical malpractice and injured or killed patients.

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional breaches his or her duty of care to a patient, and as a result, the patient suffers injury or death. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), approximately 225,000 people die each year from medical malpractice. Medical negligence occurs in different forms, including:

  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Medication errors
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Post-surgery infection
  • Anesthesiology errors

Surprisingly, a Healthgrades study revealed that only 2 percent of injured patients filed a medical malpractice claim. Has a medical error harmed you or someone you know? Contact our office today.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Approved by attorney Paulette Chapman

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.