Just like any of us, from truck drivers, company executives, police officers or others, health care professionals can make mistakes. Doctors, nurses and other health care providers spend a great deal of time learning how to treat a great variety of illnesses and physical maladies. As a group they are professionals dedicated to helping alleviate the ailments, prevent or cure diseases that strike humans. Unfortunately, health care providers can also make mistakes. The problem is that when mistakes are made in the field of medicine, they are often devastating. If this has happened to you or to a loved one, you have a right to recover damages.
Please note that the medical malpractice field is not limited to doctors. Other health care providers such as surgeons, nurses, dentists, psychiatrists, HMOs, hospitals and biotech companies who manufacture medical devices, can be held responsible for their negligence.
You must understand, however, that a bad result due to a health care procedure or treatment does not automatically mean malpractice. Malpractice arises only if negligence was proven.
What to do when you’re injured
If you believe you have been injured due to negligence of a health care provider, call a qualified legal professional as soon as possible. It is recommended that you do not discuss the matter with strangers, representatives of the health care provider and/or their insurance representatives. Anything you might say to them, without the advice of counsel, may be used against you in a Court of Law. That could be harmful to your case.
What are my attorney fees?
Attorney fees in medical malpractice cases are the same as in any other personal injury case. The fees are based on a percentage of any amounts recovered and are contingent on your receiving a Court, jury or arbitration award or a settlement. Most legal professinals will discuss this with you at the very first meeting and will provide you with a written agreement so you will be comfortable knowing what the fee arrangement with us will be.
CASES THAT TYPICALLY FALL UNDER THIS CATEGORY:
Injuries and /or death due to:
- Hospital negligence
- Doctor’s negligence
- Surgical negligence
- Nurse’s negligence
- HMO’s negligence
- Misuse or negligent use of biotech medical devices during surgery
- Misdiagnosis of cancer
- Misreading of x-rays
- Wrongful birth of a child
- Brain damage in a newborn
- Cerebral palsy
- Prescription drugs