Hire a competent and compassionate group of professional medical malpractice lawyers in order to secure the highest settlement possible for your medical malpractice case.
You should be able to trust the medical professionals who take care of you. When you are injured because of their negligence, you probably feel angry and betrayed. Even if the mistake was not deliberate, you know you deserved a higher standard of care. In Arizona, there is no limit to how much you can recover in a medical malpractice suit. You should recover what is owed to you.
The lawyers at Skousen, Gulbranden & Patience, PLC have been proudly serving our neighbors for over 50 years. We understand what you're going through, and we want to help. Our Mesa medical malpractice lawyers want to help make things right. Even if the injuries are permanent and can't be made right, we want you to be compensated because of what you have gone through. We won't charge you to listen to your case, and in fact you don't have to worry about paying us until the case is over. We take these cases on a contingency basis because we believe you deserve help even if you don't have the money to pay up font.
Why Hire an Attorney for a Medical Malpractice Injury?
Hiring a lawyer for a medical malpractice case is important. Even a simple civil suit can be complicated, and every plaintiff who acts without an attorney is still expected to follow all the same rules. Medical malpractice claims tend to be more complicated than regular claims, for several reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that you will need to be able to understand enough about medicine to know how to build a case proving that another medical professional made a mistake.
Medical malpractice claims also require a lot of records and documentation. You will need to collect and present medical records, insurance records and other kinds of records to prove your damages. In order to prove their part in your injuries, you will also probably need to conduct depositions so that you have statements from all of the medical professionals who were involved. Then you will need to find your own medical experts and certify them for court, so that the judge will admit their testimony.
At Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC, we understand how complicated these cases can become. The attorneys on the other side will often file paperwork that you need to respond to, and a failure to respond correctly can result in you losing the case. Our Mesa medical malpractice lawyers will monitor all the deadlines and fight for your rights no matter how long it may take.
5 Most Common Medical Malpractice Claims
There are several kinds of errors that could lead to a malpractice claim, but most of them fall into one of five categories.
- Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose: While the situations are often exaggerated for dramatic effect, popular television shows give good examples of why it can be difficult for doctors to provide the correct diagnosis. There may be multiple conditions that have the same symptoms, or unusual symptoms the doctor rarely sees. The doctor may simply not ask all the right questions to get to the root of the problem. Nevertheless, it is the doctor's job to find the problem. Every year in the United States, 12 million patients receive an incorrect diagnosis. This can lead to a failure to treat the problem, delayed treatment, or even death or permanent disability.
- Medication Errors: Most of these errors are never reported, but it is estimated that prescription errors harm over a million and a half patients every year. These kinds of errors occur when a patient receives the wrong medicine or dosage, or when the patient is not given enough information about possible side effects. Some errors may be caught in the pharmacy before harm is done, and sometimes the prescription is correct but a nurse or machine administers the incorrect amount.
- Prenatal and Childbirth Errors: About one out of every 5 medical malpractice claims are filed against OBGYNs. Both the mother and the child may be victims, and the malpractice can occur at any time during the pregnancy or childbirth. It is critically important to provide pregnant women with the highest standard of care, as there are several conditions that may be life-threatening for the mother and child. The mother may develop preeclampsia, anemia or gestational diabetes during pregnancy; during delivery, common errors involve failure to deal properly with fetal distress and postpartum hemorrhage.
- Anesthesia Errors: Even a small mistake with general anesthesia can cause brain damage or even death. A careful evaluation must be done of every patient before general anesthesia is considered, and each patient must be carefully monitored both during and following the use of general anesthesia.
- Surgical Errors: There is a team of medical professionals who could make a mistake during surgery. The doctor may puncture an organ or operate on the wrong area; an assistant may leave a sponge inside the patient; a nurse may deliver improper post-op care. Careful planning and cooperation could help avoid these mistakes that can lead to infection, disability or death.
What You Must Prove To Win A Medical Malpractice Case
In order to prevail in a medical malpractice lawsuit, a plaintiff must meet follow several rules. Failure to comply with any of them could result in losing the case, so it is important to have an attorney who knows the rules and how to apply them to your case.
- Time Limits: The first most important rule in any civil filing is that there is a time limit during which you can present your case. If you don't file within the statute of limitations, your claim will be dismissed and the defendant will not even need to respond to the allegations. There are some exceptions, but for the most part a medical malpractice suit in Arizona must be filed within two years of the injury, or by the Discovery Rule, within two years of learning that there is a reason to file a suit.
- Medical Expert Certification: In order to start the lawsuit, you will need to present some proof that there was negligent. Your attorney will obtain the written certification from experts, who can testify that the circumstances warrant the action. Anyone you use during your proceeding will need to provide proof of credentials.
- The Right Kind of Experts: Especially when the case involves a specialty kind of medicine, you will need to find experts who understand that area. Your attorney will be able to find someone who is an active professional with the required area of expertise.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of the negligence of a medical professional, you may feel intimidated by the system. That's why we fight for our clients; Do not hesitate to call Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience today for a free consultation.