When to Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

February 1, 2018 | By David M. White
When to Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical malpractice is far from a simple annoyance or rare inconvenience. Instead, medical error constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States (as of January 2017). Medical malpractice can be lethal. And, even when it is not, it often leaves patients with extensive, or even permanent, damage.

As a result, medical negligence and error should not be ignored by those affected by it. If you have suffered from medical error, you deserve compensation that will adequately repay you for your suffering, as well as discourage that type of medical error from happening again. You need a medical malpractice lawyer to guide you through the process of obtaining this compensation.

However, medical malpractice lawsuits can also be complicated, time consuming, and expensive. And the line between unavoidable harm or death and preventable mistakes is sometimes not clear. To help you get clarity, here are a few reasons you may want to contact a medical malpractice lawyer.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Whenever You Have Suffered Significant Harm or Loss.

Perhaps the first indicator that you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer is that the amount of harm or loss you or a loved one has suffered has been extensive. For example, temporary pain and suffering while waiting for a couple of hours in an understaffed emergency room probably would not constitute medical malpractice. However, if you suffered paralysis from a stroke that was not diagnosed promptly, you might have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In short, harm that takes weeks, months, or years to recover from, that leads to death, or that is permanent may require a call to a medical malpractice attorney. Here are examples of the kinds of things that might need the attention of a medical malpractice lawyer:

  • Surgery on the wrong part of the body
  • Failure to diagnose a disease or injury that required prompt medical attention (i.e. cancer or stroke)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Incorrect administration of anesthesia
  • Birth injuries
  • Falls or injuries while in the hospital
  • Medication errors
  • Failure to inform you of risks
  • And more

If you think you may have suffered harm from these types of errors, and if that harm is extensive enough to interfere with or change your life over the long-term, then you should reach out to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to see if you might have grounds for a successful lawsuit.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Whenever You Have Received Care That Was Clearly Below the Typical Standards of Care.

Even the best healthcare professionals are sometimes unable to prevent harm or bring about a cure for their patients. For example, chemotherapy sometimes has side effects that kill. Surgical cases are sometimes too far advanced for the surgeon to save the patient. Paralysis might be the inevitable result of certain types of injuries.

Medical malpractice occurs when the care that is provided is below the accepted standard for that situation. This means that the patient’s medical situation or the normal risks of a procedure were not to blame for what happened to them. Instead, the harm that occurred came about because the healthcare professional’s efforts were in some way negligent or substandard.

Sometimes, determining whether this is the case can be tricky. A medical malpractice lawyer is often required to properly determine whether you might have a case or not. As a result, you do not have to be certain that the care you received was substandard in order to call a medical malpractice lawyer. If you suspect you should have received better care, and that the harm you suffered would have been avoidable if you had received a typical standard of care, you should not hesitate to call a personal injury attorney.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Whenever You Believe You Have Suffered Negligence at the Hands of Any Type of Healthcare Professional.

Medical malpractice is not limited to doctors or surgeons. Instead, any member of the healthcare field might make a significant medical error. In fact, in some malpractice cases, multiple healthcare professionals are listed as culpable. Here are just a few of the professionals who might be involved in medical malpractice:

  • Doctors
  • Physician Assistants
  • Surgeons
  • Pharmacies/Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Therapists
  • And more

As a result, if you feel that you have been significantly harmed by anyone in the healthcare field, you should not hesitate to contact a medical malpractice lawyer. They can help you to determine if you have suffered from medical error or negligence, and, if so, help you to put together a case that will win you the compensation you deserve.

Medical malpractice can be severe and life changing. It can even lead to the loss of a loved one. As a result, if you have suffered from medical error, you should pursue a case with the assistance of a medical malpractice lawyer. In fact, you should not hesitate to reach out to a lawyer any time you feel that the harm you suffered may have been due to the neglect or mistakes of your healthcare professionals.

Your medical malpractice lawyer can guide you regarding the feasibility of pursuing a case. For example, they will explore the potential compensation you receive to ensure that it will cover at least your medical and legal expenses. They will find the medical testimony and expertise you need to support your claims of medical malpractice and, if they decide that this is a case you have a chance of winning, they can clearly, aggressively, and persistently pursue your case in court.

With their complexity, time requirements, and costs, medical malpractice cases mean you need a medical malpractice lawyer on your side to give your case the best chance of success. Find one here at the Law Offices of David M. White. Experienced, knowledgeable, and with a track record of success, we can help you to resolve your medical malpractice suit in a way that is favorable to you.

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David M. White is an attorney with offices in Abilene and San Angelo, Texas. His practice is focused on Personal Injury cases and Criminal Defense. Mr. White attended Texas Tech University where he earned a B.B.A. in Finance in Honors Studies in 2002, graduating magna cum laude. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 2006.

If you, a friend, or family member need legal advice, please feel free to contact our firm for a free consultation with David White, a Personal Injury attorney in Abilene, Texas.

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