COMPASSIONATE ATTORNEYS WHO HELP WITH ALL OF YOUR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE NEEDS
Our firm is proud to provide you with the compassionate counsel you need and deserve when the negligence of a healthcare professional (doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, hospitals, technicians and hospital workers) injures you or a loved one by failing to provide the standard of care required. Injuries caused by medical malpractice are often permanent, life altering, and catastrophic in nature and require significant amounts of time and money to treat. Our dedicated attorneys can assist you and your family in recovering a sum of money through settlement or judgment to help alleviate the financial troubles resulting from the malpractice and provide recompense for the losses you and your family have endured. If retained, we will guide you through every step of the process so that you always know what to expect during your case. We handle the day-to-day aspects of the case, so that our clients can focus on getting well as quickly as possible. We are prepared to assist you in the following areas:
Common Medical Malpractice Suits Often Involve:
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional (i.e., doctor, nurse, surgeon) or a professional entity (i.e., hospital) cause an injury to a patient through a negligent act or oversight. To be considered medical malpractice under the law, the following characteristics must exist in the claim:
- Standard of Care Violation – The law recognizes certain medical standards that the medical field and professionals deem as acceptable medical treatment by reasonable health care professionals. Whether provided in like or similar circumstances by attentive health care professionals, such medical standards are known as the standard of care. Essentially, the standard of care is what a reasonably doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider would do in the same or similar circumstances. Patients have a right to expect and receive care from health care professionals that is consistent with the standards of care. Negligence is established in medical malpractice cases if it can be determined that the standard of care was not provided to a patient.
- The injury was caused by the negligence – A violation of the standard of care is not sufficient enough for a medical malpractice claim to be valid. A patient must also prove that the injury he or she received would not have occurred in the absence of negligence. An adverse outcome by itself would not be considered medical malpractice. If an injury occurred without negligence, or negligence did not cause an adverse outcome, a patient cannot have a claim for medical malpractice.
- The injury resulted in significant damages – Medical malpractice lawsuits are extremely expensive to law firms. Thus, a patient must have significant injuries and damages due to medical negligence for a case to be viable. A patient can demonstrate these damages through their loss of income, disability, suffering and hardship, unusual pain, and/or significant past and future medical bills.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
If you or a loved one have been injured because of the negligence of a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or hospital, we believe that you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys and staff are trained to help determine if the injuries are the result of medical malpractice (e.g., improper patient treatment, delay in diagnosis, failure to diagnose, medical mistake). Services our firm provides may include:
- Reviewing medical records. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys review your medical records in conjunction with expert physicians to determine whether your doctors or other healthcare providers have breached the standards of care. We review your charts, doctor visits, and your prescriptions, along with any other documentation available that can help us better understand your illness or injury.
- Consulting experts. Once a thorough review of your medical records has been conducted, our consulting expert physicians are tasked with determining the cause of your injuries, the exact negligence by the healthcare providers, and which specific healthcare providers were at fault. We consult with these medical experts to establish the standard of care for reasonable physicians and healthcare providers in the same or similar circumstance. We may also later use the testimony of those same experts in court to present your case.
- Researching your doctor. It is important to prove that the doctor, nurse, surgeon, or other healthcare provider was negligent in his or her treatment of you or your loved one. We conduct research to determine whether your healthcare providers have any past history of negligent acts, and also determine whether they have been involved in any similar malpractice actions. This research is crucial to determine whether your healthcare providers have demonstrated a pattern of negligent behavior and also the level of competence of the medical care you received.