Little Rock Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Protecting the rights of clients injured because of medical negligence
Despite the trust that most Americans place in our doctors and healthcare system, human error, or negligence, is a factor which causes injury and death to patients. When you visit your doctor for medical care, or when you enter the hospital for an emergency or a planned procedure, you trust in the education and expertise of your doctor and the rest of the medical staff who will be taking care of you. When that trust is violated and you suffer a serious injury because of it, you may be considering taking legal action.
At Bailey & Greer PLLC, our Little Rock medical malpractice lawyers are here to be your advocates as you pursue justice in the form of compensation for your injuries caused by medical negligence. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and learn about the legal options available to you. Also, you will never pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.
What is medical malpractice?
Mistakes happen in the healthcare setting every day. Because of the high stakes involved in medical care, everyone from physicians to nurses and medical assistants are trained in proper procedures to protect patient health and safety. There is a standard of care which when medical professionals adhere to the standard, patients remain safe, and alive.
Medical malpractice is a medical mistake caused by the negligence of a medical professional that causes injury and other losses to a patient.
A physician or any other medical professional owes a duty of care to the patient to comply with the accepted standard of care of his or her profession. The failure to do so can be considered negligence. While Arkansas state law does not require the use of an expert medical witness to testify about the line of causation between the doctor’s negligence and the patient’s injury, because the burden of proof is in the hands of the plaintiff, they may wish to use medical expert testimony in proving their case.
What are some examples of medical malpractice and the injuries they cause?
The following are some examples of medical mistakes and how they cause injury or death to patients:
- Misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis. Misdiagnosis, and any type of diagnostic error was responsible for 34% of medical malpractice payouts in 2018 according to a medical malpractice payout analysis. When a patient is given a wrong diagnosis, or the correct diagnosis is delayed it can cause serious injury or death for patients. Early treatment is critical in many serious diseases. Delayed, missed or wrong diagnoses causes the patient to lose the opportunity to catch their disease early which can lead to less than optimal outcomes.
- Medication error. Medication errors accounted for about 5 percent of medical malpractice lawsuit payouts in the U.S. in a recent year. Whether from an overdose, prescribing the wrong medication, failure to check for drug interactions or the failure to warn about the known harmful side effects of the medication, if the patient was harmed because of a medical professional’s preventable error, the patient may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
- Anesthesia errors occur more often that you might think. Some common types of anesthesia errors include administering too much anesthesia medicine, too little medicine resulting in anesthesia awareness, which is regaining consciousness during surgery but being unable to move or speak, adverse drug reactions, failure to monitor a patient under anesthesia and defective \equipment used to administer anesthesia. Injuries from anesthesia errors include brain injury, stroke, seizures, paralysis, coma and death.
- Surgical errors. Operating on a human being requires precision focus, undivided attention and meticulous skill. Surgical errors such as wrong site, wrong side, wrong patient errors, medical tools left inside the body, nerve damage, perforated organs and making an incision in the wrong place can have serious even deadly consequences for the patient.
- Hospital acquired infections such as MRSA, C. diff, pneumonia, surgical site infections, sepsis and other infections a patient acquires while they are in the hospital can be a result of negligence on the part of the hospital’s medical staff.
- Birth injuries. Injuries that are not a natural result of the birthing process but are cause by a preventable medical error may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
How safe are the hospitals in the Little Rock area?
LeapFrog’s Hospital Safety Grade measures the quality of care and patient safety at hospitals throughout the United States. Twice each year, the LeapFrog Hospital Safety Grade assesses the safety and performance of hospitals and assigns a letter grade to keep consumers informed about where they are receiving health care. The following are just a few local examples of the safety grade of local hospitals:
UAMS Medical Center
4301 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205-7102
Hospital grade: C
This hospital performs below average in infection rates for MRSA, C. diff, blood infection, urinary tract infection and surgical site infection, it also scores below average in surgical mistakes, bed sores and lack of effective leadership to prevent errors.
CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center
2 St. Vincent Circle
Little Rock, AR 72205-5499
Hospital grade: D
This hospital performs below average in infection rates, surgical problems, practices to prevent errors, safety problems some of which they declined to report, and problems with communication between doctors, nurses and lack or responsiveness of hospital staff.
Baptist Health Medical Center – North Little Rock
3333 Springhill Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72117-2922
Hospital grade: C
This hospital performs below average for MRSA, blood infection and urinary tract infection, but it performs above average for C. diff infection and surgical site infection. This facility had mixed scores regarding problems with surgery, it was below average for practices to prevent medical errors, above average for bed sores and communication between doctors and nurses.
What is the time limit for filing a medical malpractice claim in Arkansas?
According to the Arkansas Annotated Statutes, Section 16-114-203, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim is two years from the date of the injury. In cases involving a retained foreign object, the injured person has one year from the date that the object was discovered. Because of the short timeline in which to file a lawsuit, if you or a loved one has been injured because of medical negligence, it is vital that you contact a Little Rock medical malpractice lawyer right away if you intend to pursue a claim for compensation.
What damages are available in a medical malpractice lawsuit?
If you have been successful in proving that your doctor’s negligence caused your injury, you may receive compensation for your injuries the amount of which will depend on many factors including the extent of your injuries and whether the affects will be permanent:
- Medical expenses past, current and future related to the injury.
- Lost income and benefits for the time lost at work for medical care and recuperation.
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
How can a Little Rock medical malpractice attorney help my injury case?
Proving that your doctor’s preventable medical mistake was the cause of your injury or your loved one’s death can be complicated and challenging. At Bailey & Greer, our Little Rock medical malpractice attorneys work with medical experts who will review your records and testify about the validity of your claim.
We help clients by advancing the costs to prepare a case to pursue compensation, and we do not receive payment until after we have recovered compensation for you. And, we help you by providing individualized attention as your case moves through the legal process. Our injury attorneys and our friendly, dedicated staff are here to offer the best client experience possible after you have survived a serious injury or the death of a loved one.
The process begins with a free consultation. You schedule a time to come in and discuss your case, and our experienced medical malpractice attorneys will offer legal options for your next steps.
Advocates for victims of medical negligence throughout Arkansas
The Arkansas medical malpractice lawyers at Bailey & Greer, PLLC, provide you with the expertise you need if you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of medical professionals. You may call our Little Rock medical malpractice attorneys today to schedule a free initial consultation. You can call 501-213-1512 or you can complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.