Medical Malpractice

Medical negligence costs lives.

Medical errors have been estimated to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, with as many as 250,000 deaths annually. Medical errors where the patient survives, but have other serious problems, are even more numerous.

If you believe you or a loved one suffered an injury as a result of negligence or inappropriate actions performed by a doctor, nurse or another medical professional, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. Individual health care providers, such as physicians, surgeons and other specialists, can be deemed liable if they make negligent surgical errors, medication errors, or if they neglect you as a patient. They can also be liable for failing to diagnose medical problems which they should have diagnosed.

What the law says:

To prove that the liable party committed medical negligence, all the following criteria must be met:

  • A duty was owed to you (or your loved one) — Legally, health care providers assume duty whenever they agree to care for a patient.
  • The hospital or health care provider breached that duty — The applicable standard of care was not met.
  • The breach of duty resulted in your injury — This is also known as causation.
  • You incurred significant damages as a result of that injury — For the case to have merit, you must have sustained losses warranting compensation, or you must have lost a loved one to a wrongful death.

Medical Malpractice cases can be very difficult to prove. They are also very time consuming and very expensive. However, if you or a loved one has been the victim of medical errors, we can assess your case and will help you if we can.

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