All medical service providers, licensed doctors and nurses, hospitals and healthcare facilities are responsible for treating patients with illnesses or injuries by providing competent care to the best of their abilities. When any component fails to maintain the proper “standard of care” in diagnosing, prescribing treatment or treating the condition, the negligent or incompetent act can have life-altering results. Patients may suffer serious, debilitating or even fatal injuries at the fault of their primary physician, surgeon, medical staff, healthcare facility, pharmacist, other provider or HMO insurance carrier. Medical errors that result from acts of malpractice can aggravate a patient’s existing condition or result in a completely new injury to the patient.
When policies and procedures are not properly followed or a provider fails to exercise the accepted degree of care and skill when delivering services, malpractice may have occurred. However, there are numerous factors that must be considered and complex claims often require an experienced attorney to document and present a case in a timely manner. Our personal injury lawyers understand that the time immediately following any unexpected medical injury can be very confusing, frustrating and emotional. But, while you recover from a medical mistake or injury, our legal staff can work with the healthcare system and apply medical law to determine your rights and legal options.
Just because you experienced an unsuccessful result from a medical treatment or surgery does not mean that you can bring a lawsuit and seek monetary compensation. Medical malpractice only occurs when a provider fails to act in an acceptable manner or fails to deliver the appropriate standard of care.
Examples of medical malpractice include:
Though the vast majority of healthcare providers do good work, mistakes are sometimes made. Since all providers are required to exercise reasonable care in accordance with the standards for the profession involved, any entity or multiple entities may be held liable for your damages.
While no amount of money can make up for medical malpractice, the compensation you receive can help you cope with a serious medical injury or the unexpected death of a loved one. But don’t expect your healthcare provider or healthcare facility to admit to a breach of duty. If you believe mistakes may have occurred, it is important to seek the advice of one of our malpractice lawyers as soon as possible since specific timelines may apply. As the victim of medical malpractice, you have only two years* following the discovery of your injury to file a personal injury claim.
At Harrell & Harrell, we treat our clients as family and you will get know everyone involved with your personal injury lawsuit. Although some failures or errors are obvious, many personal injury cases begin with a “gut feeling” that something isn’t right. Having nurse consultants on staff provides you with an important advantage throughout all stages of medical negligence litigation. After our team obtains and reviews the pertinent information about your case, you may be advised to give written notice of a claim against one or more of the entities involved.
*NOTE: A two-year time limitation is not how long you have to seek legal counsel. The actual filing of your lawsuit must be accomplished before the expiration of the statute of limitations and certain restrictions may apply.
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