Medical malpractice is a legal cause of action that occurs when a healthcare or medical professional deviates from professional standards (by a negligent act or omission), which results in injury to a patient. Each year, thousands of individuals are severely injured as a result of medical malpractice and negligence. Every doctor takes an oath where he or she promises to “never intentionally do harm.” When you or someone you love needs medical treatment, you put your trust in doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.
Medical errors account for over 250,000 deaths per year, according to a study by John Hopkins. This makes medical malpractice one of the most common causes of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical negligence, request a free case evaluation from a medical malpractice attorney at Brown & Crouppen Law Firm. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you win.
As one of the largest accident & injury law firms in the Midwest, our attorneys have extensive resources to take on medical malpractice cases and fight hospitals and insurance companies to ensure you receive fair compensation. Since 1979, we’ve helped clients recover over $1 Billion in compensation as a result of settlements and verdicts, including medical malpractice and negligence.
WHAT IS MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE?
If you or a loved one were hurt or injured while under the care of a medical professional, it may constitute medical negligence. Medical negligence refers to a violation of a standard of care for medical treatment. Standard of care refers to a generally accepted set of practices that other healthcare providers would provide to another patient in a similar situation. Failure to meet this standard may be considered medical malpractice.
If you or a family member received inadequate medical care that resulted in injuries, you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer who can provide legal advice regarding your legal options, including filing a medical malpractice claim. The medical malpractice attorneys at the law firm of Brown & Crouppen can evaluate your case during a free consultation.
Our team can help you get the legal advice and help you need with medical malpractice claims for:
- emergency room malpractice
- anesthesia errors
- pharmaceutical errors
- heart attack misdiagnosis
- birth injuries
- cerebral palsy
- brain injuries
- VRE infections
- nursing home abuse
- wrongful death
- and more.
Here are some appalling figures about medical negligence:
- A Mayo Clinic study has shown that up to 20% of all serious medical diagnoses are wrong.
- More people die every year from medical negligence than from car accidents.
- Medication errors hurt at least 1.5 million people every year, says a report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. That’s the equivalent of one medication mistake for every single hospital patient, every single day of the year.
Types of Medical Malpractice and Negligence
Examples of hospital malpractice, nurse malpractice, and doctor malpractice include:
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE?
The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at the law firm of Brown & Crouppen in St. Louis and Kansas CIty want to help you determine whether you or a loved one have a valid medical malpractice case. There are many factors involved in proving a medical malpractice claim. These include:
- Duty of care — Doctors must perform their duties in a manner consistent with accepted medical standards of care.
- Breach of duty — To be considered medical malpractice, a medical professional must have violated their duty of care by failing to act in a manner consistent with how other doctors would have handled the situation.
- Causation — This simply means that the healthcare provider caused personal injury through a medical mistake or below-standard medical care.
- Damage — A successful medical malpractice lawsuit must demonstrate that the personal injury caused damage, either economic or non-economic. These damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium (loss of assistance or companionship with a family member).
Why Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
An experienced personal injury law firm like Brown & Crouppen employs a team of attorneys that are experienced in medical malpractice suits. Our attorneys want to help you navigate the complexities of a medical malpractice claim by:
- determining if you have a claim
- helping you collect the evidence and medical records you need for your case
- determining the potential value of your claim
- identifying the potentially liable parties
- questioning expert witnesses
- helping you understand the relevant laws and your rights
- handling the complicated process of filing the claim and taking it to court, if needed
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
If you believe you or a family member have been the victim of medical malpractice, don’t delay. In some states, a statute of limitations limits the amount of time you have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you do not file within this time period, you may not be able to recover damages from the negligent party.
It All Starts with a Free Case Evaluation from the Team at Brown & Crouppen
At Brown & Crouppen, all of our medical malpractice attorneys share the same goal – to get justice for people who have been injured. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of medical malpractice, get help from a lawyer at Brown & Crouppen Law Firm.
Getting started with your car accident case is easy. You can call us at 888-802-8156 for a free consultation, or tell us about your case with our free case evaluation form. And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
Related Practice Areas
- Medical Malpractice