Liable Parties Must Be Held Accountable for Your Suffering
Mistakes can be committed even by top professionals in their field. When a medical professional makes a mistake that causes an injury, you should consult an attorney. The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. can advise you if you choose to pursue a malpractice lawsuit.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice cases can include any instance in which a medical professional has failed to provide a patient with the level of care they need, resulting in injury or illness. Doctors and others in the medical field have a “duty of care,” i.e., a responsibility to offer the best treatment possible, or at the very least, treatment that is in line with acceptable standards of medical care.
Therefore, medical malpractice does not always involve obvious instances of a doctor causing a patient pain. Their negligence may be more subtle, such as a doctor who ignores normal procedures in favor of treatment that they feel is better, harming their patient as a result.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Unfortunately, there are many steps in the course of medical treatment in which something can go wrong, and patient injuries can result. Additionally, medical malpractice can happen during any type of treatment, from standard bloodwork to complicated surgical procedures.
Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Cerebral palsy injuries
- Dangerous drugs
- Ephedra injuries
- Medical misdiagnosis
- Medication mistakes that harm nursing home residents
- Pharmacy errors
- Birth injuries
Who May Be Liable for Your Injuries?
In many cases of medical malpractice, negligent doctors are to blame. However, other medical professionals can certainly cause injury to patients. When a person is undergoing medical treatment, there are multiple people who are responsible for their care. In addition to doctors, nurses, assistants, and anesthesiologists can commit errors that harm patients. Medical malpractice may also be the fault of third parties, such as medical testing professionals who contribute to misdiagnoses and similar mistakes.
Medical malpractice may be the result of systemic negligence throughout a hospital or other medical facility. A lack of resources, poor training, and questionable hiring practices can contribute to a lowered standard of care, in which case administrative parties may be liable for your injuries.
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We do not ask for a legal fee unless you reach a settlement. We operate on a “contingency fee basis,” which means you are not required to pay any lawyer’s fees until you recover against the responsible party or their insurance company.
Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements
We have a wealth of experience with litigating personal injury lawsuits. We can evaluate the specifics of your medical malpractice case and develop a strong legal strategy that best serves your goals. In addition, we have the legal skill to analyze a settlement that has been offered to you and advise you on the appropriate next steps.
Malpractice Settlement Offers: The Benefits of Retaining Legal Help
One key benefit of speaking with an attorney before accepting a settlement offer for your medical malpractice claim is that your attorney will inform you if the offer is sufficient to cover your current — and possibly future — medical expenses. Some injuries worsen over time and require additional medical attention. If you settle before seriously weighing that possibility, you may be selling yourself short. Additionally, your medical malpractice attorney will be able to tell, from past lawsuits, if you could win a larger settlement for your malpractice claim by going to trial.
On the other hand, your case may contain many difficulties that you are not privy to that could diminish your chance of winning. Your attorney may also be familiar with the opposing counsel’s trial tactics, which may prove to be emotionally stressful or personally damaging for you, thus making you reconsider the settlement that has been offered. If you do walk away with a large settlement, there could possibly be tax consequences that you are unfamiliar with and possibly not ready for. Your attorney has a keen understanding of the way insurance companies operate and can challenge any roadblocks or obstacles they may throw your way.
As you can see, there are many solid reasons for securing an attorney prior to accepting a settlement offer. You owe it to yourself to present the settlement offer you received to your attorney, who will advise you to either accept it or reject it and will provide the reasoning behind that decision.
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