When it comes to your surgeon or doctor, a malpractice lawsuit can be appropriate if he or she has been negligent in your care and that negligence results in injury. Medical negligence claims help patients and their families receive compensation for medical, physical, financial and emotional damages caused by a doctor’s error. Through our wealth of experience with malpractice and medical negligence cases, we have found that people have many misconceptions about malpractice suits. This article aims to clarify some of the issues surrounding these claims.
Who can I bring a medical malpractice claim against?
Medical negligence claims can be brought against any medical professionals and/or the institution that employs them, such as obstetricians, nurses, anesthesiologists and radiologists. For example, in some birth injury cases we have handled, nurses failed to notify the delivering physician that the baby was in distress. Had the doctor been notified, he or she could have ordered a timely Cesarean delivery and avoided injury to the child. Therefore, the nurses and hospital were negligent and were financially responsible for the baby’s injuries.
Unfortunately, even good doctors make mistakes on occasion. In most medical malpractice cases, a doctor’s past negligence is not admissible at trial. So regardless of whether a medical professional is facing his first malpractice suit or his tenth, the compensation awarded will be based on the damages done. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish excessive or repeat negligence, but first and foremost the case is about getting you the compensation you deserve.
Doctors and other medical providers are only human, but if they carelessly injure someone, then they are responsible for all of the harm caused by their carelessness. However, when doctors and healthcare professionals refuse to admit wrongdoing, a medical malpractice lawsuit is often the only way to force them to accept accountability for the harm they caused.
How long does a medical malpractice lawsuit take?
It’s important to understand that medical malpractice lawsuits are complicated and are rarely resolved quickly. Consulting medical experts, evaluating medical records, speaking to witnesses and finding evidence of negligence can be a time-consuming process, but it’s one that’s necessary and, in the end, worth your while. It also requires experienced attorneys with a track record of success. Attorneys like those at Bailey & Greer.
If you believe negligence by a doctor, surgeon or other medical professional caused you unnecessary injury or pain, a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney from Bailey & Greer can help you determine your legal options. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Bailey & Greer, just visit our contact page or call us now at 901.475.7434.