Medical Malpractice FAQs
Medical malpractice is negligent treatment by medical providers, such as a doctor, hospital, nurse, chiropractor, therapist, or other medical practitioner. If a medical practitioner fails to act in accordance with accepted standards of practice in the diagnosis or treatment of a condition, they may be responsible for all damages that result, including pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of wages, or a death.
Yes. Medical malpractice cases are complicated and are invariably hard-fought. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a layperson to have the expertise necessary to prepare and if necessary try a medical malpractice case. The sooner the better. Memories fade with time and in addition, the sooner a lawyer can be involved and preserve evidence, the more likely it is that the lawyer will be able to bring the case to a successful resolution.
Our lawyers know how difficult it is in the wake of a serious injury-causing accident and the serious expenses you will already be facing. We are therefore proud to work on a contingency fee agreement, which means that you only pay if we are able to recover for you.
From the first consultation to the very end of your case, we will front all of the expenses—including man hours we put in and fees of experts that we consult. We are only paid if we win your case, and our payment comes from the total recovery that we make–not directly out of your own pocket.
Obtaining a review with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can review the medical records with the appropriate expert.
How can I determine if a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider has committed medical malpractice?
Quite often, the presence of a medical practice case can only be learned through consultation with an attorney experienced in handling medical malpractice matters.
The responsible medical provider, and any other organization such as a medical corporation or hospital for which that individual worked.
Generally, the only way to make such a determination is for review by an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who in turn will consult with medical experts in the field.
Where injury results, the damages include medical bills, both past and future, wage loss, both past and future, and past and future pain and suffering, as well as any disfigurement caused by the malpractice. In wrongful death cases, damages include medical bills, loss of support for family members, and loss of the aid, comfort, society, and companionship that the deceased person would have provided to the family members had he or she lived.
There is no way to know this without evaluation by an expert medical malpractice attorney. Even then, attorneys can give general ranges of typical jury verdicts, but ultimately the value of any particular case must be determined either by agreement through settlement or through the verdict of a jury.