Medical Malpractice Lawyer
You and your family deserve to feel safe when getting medical treatment. If a doctor made a mistake that led to the injury of yourself or a loved one, then you may have a case for medical malpractice. Get a free medical malpractice case evaluation at Heidari Law Group today.
Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice can occur if a medical professional failed to meet the standard of care and is negligent with the treatment or procedure. Medical professionals (surgeons, doctors, nurses, etc.) are trusted people when you or your loved one is sick or injured. It’s important that you and your family members get the proper standard of care from medical professionals, and if an injury occurred because you did not, then you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
From a Johns Hopkins Medicine study published in 2016, medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Their findings suggest that:
- More than 250,000 Americans die annually from medical errors made during surgery or treatment
- Medical errors were the third-highest cause of death during 2016, behind heart disease (~611,000) and cancer (~585,000) but ahead of respiratory disease (~150,000)
- Nearly 10% of all American deaths were due to medical error during the 8-year time period of the study
Despite the large volume of deaths being reported from medical errors, researchers looking into these stats are claiming that a majority of them are not caused by improperly trained medical staff or in-situ errors, but more as a result of systemic problems such as fragmented insurance networks, poorly organized care, the lack of safety nets being used, and problematic, industry protocols.
Typical Compensation Recovered in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
If you’re trying to pursue compensation for damages caused by negligence from a medical professional, an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you recover losses for a number of damages including:
- Emotional pain
- Damage to property
- Healthcare & medical bills
- Physical suffering
- Lost wage & earning capacity
- Possible punitive damages
Depending on the extent of the damage caused by the medical malpractice, the compensation recovered in these types of lawsuits can range from tens of thousands of dollars up in cases where minor damage is done to millions of dollars in cases where extensive damage or wrongful death occurred.
Common Examples of Medical Malpractice
- Failing to inform a patient of their responsibilities in terms of taking medications, cautioning the patient, or informing them of the benefits of a procedure or medication
- Delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Failure to provide timely, necessary treatment
- Mistakes made in Anesthesia timing or dosage
- Medical professional performing a treatment or procedure above their training level
- Performing a surgery which was unnecessary
- Failing to refer a patient to a specialist doctor or facility when a general doctor can’t treat the problem
- Failing to provide medical staff with proper supervision or training
- Misreading or failing to use lab results
- Financial kickbacks that result in harm to the patient
- Negligent nursing practices
- Delay in delivery
- Providing the wrong treatment
- Medication Errors: Incorrect drug used, wrong drug dosage, drug allergy
- Vital signs were not monitored, failing to act on vital sign problems
- Failing to monitor a patient after administering treatment
- Reckless or intentional wrongdoing
- Wrongful death
Medical Malpractice Types
State and federal law in the United States acknowledges that medical professionals can make mistakes, but when patient care falls below the accepted medical standards and a mistake is made that results in injury or death, this is considered to be medical malpractice.
Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. With many symptoms belonging to multiple diseases or conditions, misdiagnoses in the medical field are not uncommon. A 2017 Mayo Clinic study found that nearly 20% of the patients they surveyed had been misdiagnosed when they initially sought treatment for their issue. A late or wrong diagnosis can delay treatment and lead to serious injury or death in absence of the right treatment. If someone suffers harm as a result of a late or wrong diagnosis, then they have a case for medical malpractice on the grounds of negligence.
Wrongful death. While filing a lawsuit may not provide justice for the family of the victim, getting compensation can at least help them get back on their feet financially. If a loved one has passed away due to a doctor’s negligent actions, then you have the right to pursue compensation for the damages caused by their wrongful death.
Birth injuries. With modern medicine, much of the risk of childbirth has been mitigated, but it is still not a simple or easy process and serious injuries for both the infant & the mother can still occur. Birth injuries most frequently occur when the infant is deprived of oxygen just after birth. This type of injury can happen when the medical professionals responsible for clearing the infant’s airway do not perform their job fully or properly.
Negligence in Surgery. Surgical mistakes lead to the deaths of thousands of Americans each year. While every surgery is not without risk, if a negative surgical outcome was caused by a medical professional’s negligent actions, the victim may have a viable medical malpractice lawsuit on their hands. Common reasons
Refusal to provide service or healthcare misconduct. This is also known as bad faith conduct. A doctor’s refusal to accept your insurance, even though it may be valid, can delay treatment and cause serious injury or death for the patient. Refusal to provide service can also include ending medical treatment too early, failing to inform the patient of necessary tests or treatments, failing to inform the patient of the risks associated with a treatment or procedure, and failing to provide full treatment of all conditions.
Reach Out to an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney
Get in touch with legal representation who understand the hardships that you and your family are going through. If you or a family member have been involved with medical malpractice and negligence, an experienced team of personal injury attorneys is ready to help you. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers has handled many of these cases over the years and understands how to build a successful case for these types of claims. Give us a call at Heidar Law Group at 1-833-225-5454 or submit your information through our contact form for a free case evaluation.