Medical negligence includes physician medical malpractice and hospital and nursing negligence. Claims of medical negligence generally arise from:
- failure of a medical provider to appropriately treat an existing medical condition or injury; or
- failure to timely diagnose an injury, condition or disease where the delay in diagnosis results in more harm than would otherwise have occurred.
A bad outcome of medical care, alone, does not prove that a medical provider made an error. We will investigate the facts and circumstances of your medical care experience to determine whether or not serious harm or death of a loved one should have been avoided.
Often, not always, a lawsuit for medical negligence not resulting in death must be filed within one year of the occurrence of the resulting injury. But, in some situations, the deadline may be longer than that. If you or a loved one has suffered a bad medical outcome, you should discuss it with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible.
Various studies of errors in the administration of health care reveal that medical mistakes occur at an alarming rate. One study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 98,000 people die annually due to medical errors in U.S. Hospitals. Only a small fraction of those events result in lawsuits.
We would prefer that fewer medical malpractice lawsuits be filed. However, that goal should be achieved by improving the quality of medical care being delivered–not by imposing more legal hurdles upon those harmed by negligent medical care.
Serious harm to you or a loved one as a result of medical negligence brings with it huge burdens. The victims who survive but whose lives have been permanently altered are faced with the tasks of attempting to recover from their emotional loss and figuring out how they will support their families. It is very difficult for those who have suffered harm and loss to put the pieces of their lives back together while dealing with the nagging questions about the medical events: Why did this happen? Should it have been prevented? Why didn’t the doctors better explain what happened?