Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart attacks and cancer.* Deaths and injuries from medical errors in judgment, diagnostic errors, preventable adverse events, and system failures are a far greater problem than one would think from the small number of malpractice cases that are brought each year. In 2014, there were only 147 medical malpractice payments of settlements or judgments in North Carolina (Source: National Practitioner Data Base.) The reason? Medical malpractice cases are complex and expensive cases to prosecute. Tort reforms in North Carolina have increased the complications and put arbitrary caps on the amount of damages that can be recovered.
The Barron & Berry firm has the resources to evaluate and prosecute medical malpractice cases. Proving a claim requires a law firm with medical experience, access to medical experts, and the financial resources to put together a compelling case.
The partners make a joint decision as to whether we think it is a case we can successfully pursue. We cannot take every case, but we do try to talk with everyone who calls to see if there is something we can do to help.
*(Source: National Practitioner Data Base.)
(*Source: Markary MA, Daniel M., Medical Error: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States, BMJ, May 4, 2016).