In Tennessee as well as all across the United States, people expect that when they enter a medical center or hospital for a problem that they will receive the proper care and treatment. However, in many cases, patients leave and still have the same medical problem or different and worse medical problems than they had before. If you or someone you love feels that you have received inadequate care in a hospital or medical center, then you may have a malpractice claim and should speak with a Tennessee malpractice lawyer right away. They will work with you and help to make sure you get the compensation you need.
Justin Owen, of the “Tennessee Center for Policy Research” has recently claimed that “Tennessee needs more jobs, not more lawsuits.” Mr. Owen went on to claim that a $19 million judgment last year represents a growing trend of lawsuits in our civil justice system. However, the number of lawsuits filed in Tennessee last year was lower than any other year over the last five years. Ten years ago, approximately 1,000 lawsuits were tried each year compared to only three hundred and eighty four last year.
Mr. Owen went on to claim that, “a staggering 47 counties do not have an emergency room physician.” However, there are only fifteen counties in Tennessee that do not have emergency rooms and this is because these counties are in rural areas that do not have hospitals. The remaining eighty counties have emergency rooms with a physician and provide twenty-four hour care seven days a week.
In 2008, the Tennessee Association for Justice worked with and the Tennessee Hospital Association and the Tennessee Medical Association to help lower the number of lawsuits against Tennessee health care providers and still hold negligent health care providers accountable for their actions. Since 2008, malpractice lawsuits have been lowered by forty-four percent. Tennessee juries have also proved themselves to be reasonable and trustworthy because they must all agree on the amount of the verdict.
Tennessee has proved itself as a state that can trusted to handle malpractice lawsuits on their own without help from the government. If you or someone you care about believes that you have suffered from malpractice, then we recommend that you contact one of our caring and knowledgeable Tennessee malpractice attorneys immediately. We care about our clients and will work with you and other medical professionals to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for what you have been through. Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options