Medical malpractice (also called medical negligence) occurs when a doctor or hospital fails to treat a patient within the acceptable standard of medical care. Medical malpractice cases are very complex and among the most difficult cases to prosecute successfully. Many states have placed serious limitations on pursuing these cases. Also, there is a false climate encouraged by the insurance industry that paints victims who sue a doctor or hospital as disgruntled money seekers who are driving up the cost of health care. In truth, the reason people file medical malpractice cases or medical negligence cases is simply because there is negligence on the part of some doctors and hospitals. The entire cost of these malpratice lawsuits, including the awards to victims, is less than 2% of the cost of health care.
Despite the difficulties, our firm has represented victims of medical negligence for many, many years. We carefully investigate and screen potential cases. Before filing a medical malpractice complaint in court, we have the case reviewed by at least one expert (and sometimes more than one), usually a Board Certified physician who reviews the medical records and provides a written opinion saying what a doctor or hospital did or didn’t do and whether it fell below the medical standard of care and caused injury to a patient.
If you believe that you or your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence by a doctor or hospital, please contact our office for a review and evaluation of the potential claim.
Your ability to recover damages and the amount of your recovery will depend in large part on the strength and reputation of the law firm you select to handle your case.