Prescription drug errors are one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. They can be caused by prescribing and/or administering the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. Side effects or damage may go undetected for months, even years. If the healthcare provider has failed to provide the accepted standard of care resulting in serious harm or death, the victim should seek legal counsel to determine his/her rights. Although no amount of money can make up for the pain and suffering endured from medical negligence, the plaintiff has the right to be compensated. Unfortunately, receiving just compensation can take years; time most victims don’t have because financial pressures are usually exacerbated by medical and/or funeral and burial expenses. When this happens, litigation funding is a great way to lessen the financial burden while the case progresses through the legal process. Here is an example of medical malpractice victims that could benefit from litigation funding.
Seven people died while under the care of Dr. Hedrick, who reportedly billed Medicare $100 million between January 2010 and August 2012 and was paid out $7 million. The Attorney General’s office filed a complaint in December against the Fort Wayne doctor claiming that pain therapies – mostly opioid – and drug mixing practices were unsafe and dangerous, posing significant risks to patients. The complaint alleged that the doctor ignored obvious signs of addiction to and diversion of controlled substances. The complaint also contends that some patients died from “multiple drug toxicity.” The doctor was suspended from practicing medicine.
Since the complaint, four former patients or family members have filed medical malpractice lawsuits, cases that could take years to resolve. According to Tina Korty, general counsel for the Indiana Department of Insurance, malpractice claims take, on average, five years to settle. First, an attorney must be chosen to chair the medical review panel. Then, three doctors are chosen for the panel, but finding doctors who don’t have a professional conflict takes months. After the evidence is heard, a decision is made whether the doctor in question breached standard of care. Victims can still file a lawsuit, but without a positive finding by the medical review panel, it is hard to prove negligence.
Due to the complex nature of these lawsuits, the plaintiffs may face serious financial hardship as the bills keep coming. They may not have the financial resources to wait for years before being compensated from this doctor’s negligence. For these reasons, the plaintiffs may want to consider lawsuit financing, a cash advance against the proceeds of their case. This is important because without the pressure to settle, their attorneys have time to obtain the maximum amount of compensation.
Lawsuit Financial is committed to assisting innocent victims of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or died in a medical malpractice accident and wish to apply for litigation funding, the fastest and simplest way is to complete an online application. Upon receipt, one of our representatives will contact you to begin the review and approval process. We can typically provide funding within 24 hours of receiving case documentation because there are no credit checks or employment verification; funding is provided solely on the merits of the case. The best part is our clients pay no out of your pocket costs whatsoever and only pay the money back if their lawsuit is successful. Litigation funding is risk-free; if a client loses, the cash advance is theirs to keep. If you would like a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, contact Lawsuit Financial toll-free at 1- 877-377-7848.