What Exactly is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice refers to professional mistakes or medical errors committed by a healthcare professional or provider, including a doctor or a hospital employee. Cases of medical malpractice may involve misdiagnosis, emergency room errors, medication mistakes or a failure in treatment that allowed a disease or condition to worsen or progress.
When we think of medical malpractice lawsuits, we usually think of surgeons or doctors as the responsible party. But any number of medical professionals may be liable, including anesthesiologists, emergency room employees, nurses and pharmacists. Mistakes can involve hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes or urgent care centers. Providers may be liable for a range of issues, from improper care, to errors concerning medication and even sanitation issues that lead to disease or infections.
The Importance of Having Attorneys with Medical Malpractice Experience
Medical malpractice cases can be extremely complex and it is crucial that you obtain the assistance of a Louisiana medical malpractice attorney. At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, we have helped many medical malpractice victims by utilizing our experience and extensive background to evaluate our clients’ cases, fully investigate the incident and establish liability. We also arrange testimony from medical experts that can demonstrate errors in treatment and dealing with difficult insurance companies.
Finding a medical malpractice attorney that is qualified to handle your case can mean the difference between winning the settlement amount you deserve and walking away empty-handed. Let the attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault handle your medical malpractice claim and aggressively pursue fair compensation for you. Contact us today at your Louisiana offices so that we can review the circumstances of you injury and advise you as to how to proceed.
Medical Malpractice – A Common Occurrence
Diagnostic errors are the most common and most dangerous mistake made by American doctors and are estimated to cause up to 160,000 permanent injuries or deaths each year.
A landmark study by researchers at John Hopkins Medicine examined 50,000 medical malpractice claims in the United States over the past 25 years. Researchers found that the majority of these claims were related to diagnostic errors and that those errors frequently led to severe harm to the patient. The majority of diagnostic errors were missed diagnoses, rather than delayed or wrong ones.
A recent study in the Journal of Patient Safety found a much higher number of medical mistakes. AS reported by ProPublica, that publication estimated between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year go to the hospital for care and suffer preventable harm that contributes to their death.
Do You Have a Malpractice Claim?
If you developed an unexpected illness or medical condition after being treated by a healthcare professional, you may wonder whether malpractice was involved. We can help you answer that question by hearing the facts of the case and consulting with our own medical experts.
Any of these types of common medical mistakes may have contributed to your condition:
Those scenarios listed above, and many others, may indicate malpractice occurred during your care and treatment. However, you must also demonstrate that the negligence by a healthcare professional resulted in harm or injury to you. The laws on medical malpractice claims are complex and the help of a legal professional can make all the difference in the success of your case.
Actions Malpractice Victims Should Take
If you believe you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice take the following steps immediately:
How Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Can Help
The malpractice attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can help you determine if you have a valid claim. If so, we’ll help you hold the responsible parties accountable, and we’ll help you obtain damages for your injuries, including medical costs to overcome your injuries. We’ll also help you recover for your lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
In the state of Louisiana, you must act quickly if you think you have a medical malpractice case. The deadline for filing a claim is short. Speak with an attorney as soon as possible so that we can get to work and a build a strong case for you.