Several common situations warrant speaking with a malpractice attorney to pursue legal action against a medical provider. While every case has its own set of circumstances that will affect the outcome of a lawsuit, typically these are some of the more common scenarios that lead to claims:
- Surgical injuries – These could be a result of an infection causing other complications, including scarring, internal bleeding, disability, and/or organ damage.
- Failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis – Doctors that were negligent in their practice, which then caused a condition not to be diagnosed or incorrectly assessed which resulted in harming you, falls under this category.
- Prescribed the wrong medication – If the wrong medication was prescribed and it harms you, you may have a claim for medical malpractice.
- Didn’t receive information regarding risks – By not explaining the risks of treatment and the patient suffers harm, the doctor may be liable for damages.
- Incorrect use of anesthesia – Situations where too little or too much, or even the wrong type of sedation was used for a procedure that resulted in injury to the patient.
Speaking with a malpractice attorney will help you understand the process of conducting a lawsuit or creating a settlement deal if injured due to medical negligence. You will receive invaluable advice about medical care options and an empathetic representative that keeps your best interests at heart with any decision made.
Costs of Using a Medical Malpractice Attorney
How much it will cost to hire a medical malpractice attorney depends on a variety of factors. At The Barnes Firm, our clients don’t pay a thing until we get them compensation for their injuries. This arrangement is called a contingency fee, and only a small percentage of the settlement amount will be deducted for legal fees. This may or may not include additional fees like filing costs, document request fees, and other services. Lawyers who use this method of billing don’t require any upfront money from you, which helps ease the burden and stress of litigating a malpractice case.
Legal representation is essential for success in cases of this nature. Just like car accidents, insurance companies will try to delay payouts, minimize your damages, and do their best to get your lawsuit dismissed altogether. These types of tactics make hiring a seasoned malpractice attorney a must if you expect any level of success with your suit.