Personal Injury Lawyers Experienced in Winning Medical Malpractice Cases
PRACTICING PERSONAL INJURY IN VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEST VIRGINIA AND GEORGIA
Maximizing Recovery For Patients Harmed By Medical Providers
Most physicians, dentists, nurses and medical specialists are highly skilled, trained and compassionate in their patient care. But they are also human, and sometimes make mistakes that injure a patient – or worse. In these instances, the patient or the patient’s family can claim medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice cases boil down to a single question: Did the healthcare provider deviate from accepted standards of care and harm the patient in the process? If the answer is yes, the victim or the victim’s family may be entitled to a payment.
Physicians are insured against medical malpractice, and in such a case, their insurance company is working hard to get the patient to release the claim for as little money as possible. As skilled medical malpractice attorneys, our job is to make the insurance company pay as much as possible to ensure you gain peace of mind and assistance to cover your costs – both physical and emotional – of the medical error.
Six of the most common causes of medical malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosing or failing to accurately diagnose an illness
- Prescribing the wrong medications or dangerous doses
- Health care workers making mistakes during childbirth
- Improper prenatal care
- Errors during surgery
- Improper administration of anesthesia leading to injury or death
Prenatal & Child Birth Injuries Caused By Medical Malpractice
There are few things more tragic than the death or serious injury of a child during birth or mistakes that jeopardize the health of a mother. Unfortunately, mistakes during childbirth or during the months leading up to it are more frequent than we’d like to believe.
These cases can range from things like failing to diagnose birth defects or diseases that could injure the fetus to failure to diagnose a mother’s condition that could jeopardize the pregnancy or make birth difficult and dangerous.
There are also several complications that can occur during childbirth, such as fetal distress or large babies getting entangled in the umbilical cord. In many instances, these complications should have been predicted by the mother’s obstetrician and medical staff.
If your family has been heartbroken by the death or severe injury of a mother or child due to a medical mistake, please don’t hesitate to seek assistance from our law firm.
How Do You Prove Medical Malpractice Occurred?
Proving medical malpractice occurred isn’t always easy, which is why not every personal injury lawyer wants to take these cases. It takes a lot of research and legwork to develop a successful medical malpractice case, and the doctor’s medical malpractice insurance company will be fighting you every step of the way.
Some of what must be proven in a medical malpractice case – such as the duty of care that you were owed by your physician – are easy to establish. What is harder to show is whether the doctor failed to provide adequate care. That essentially means a competent doctor would not have done what they did.
Your attorneys need to get expert testimony from another doctor or even a medical school instructor to testify to what the standard of care for your situation should have been and explain how the doctor failed to meet that standard of care.
Proving a doctor made a mistake isn’t enough. Your attorney also needs to prove you suffered quantifiable damages due to their error.
For example, if you had a hip replacement and the doctor messed up the procedure you need to be able to prove that mistake resulted in the need for several additional surgeries and significant pain and suffering due to a decreased quality of life.
If your doctor prescribed the wrong medication and it took a month longer for you to recover from an infection it likely won’t rise to the level of medical malpractice unless lasting emotional or physical damage was caused.
Why Trust Our Personal Injury Lawyers With Medical Malpractice?
As qualified as we are in motorcycle rider representation and defending car crash accident victims, we are equally as able and proven in complicated medical malpractice cases. Why? Because when major bodily harm or death is involved, no matter the type of case, we work with experts in traumatic brain injury, chest and abdominal injuries, bones and related orthopedic issues and more. Oftentimes, successful cases are built on having the appropriate medical experts on hand to evaluate your claim and testify on your behalf. Our lawyers have the necessary research skills and relationships with experts nationwide to thoroughly review the case, gather important evidence, and obtain a favorable resolution to your case.
Among the issues we have successfully litigated are:
- Surgical errors
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Failure to order appropriate testing
- Premature discharge
- Disregard of patient health history
- Misreading/ignoring lab results
Contact one of our medical malpractice or personal injury lawyers and let us fight for you.