Medical malpractice is generally defined as a negligent act or omission by a doctor or other medical professional resulting in damage or harm to a patient. Medical malpractice is involved in over 80,000 deaths a year in the United States. Less than two percent of all cases ever turn into medical malpractice lawsuits. Hundreds of thousands more fail to recover properly from their illnesses, are misdiagnosed, get worse, or are actively injured by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals.
We trust doctors, nurses and other medical professionals with our lives. When that trust is violated, the results can be tragic. If you or someone in your family has suffered because of a form of medical malpractice, you may face a wide range of hardships. It is important to remember that no matter how medical malpractice has impacted your life, you have rights. The medical malpractice attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage can help you understand your rights and aggressively fight for them. Our attorneys are experienced and dedicated to helping you obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other hardships. Call us today at (619) 338-0505 for a free legal consultation.
Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits are primarily based upon medical records, testimony of medical experts and other highly technical matters. Negligence by a medical professional can include an error in diagnosis, treatment, or illness management. To establish medical negligence, an injured patient, the plaintiff must be able to prove:
- The existence of a duty owed by the health care professional to the plaintiff
- A deviation from the applicable standard of care by the heath care professional, which is deemed a breach of the duty owed to the patient.
- A causal relationship between the health care professionals deviation from the standard of care and the patients injury.
- Injury to the patient.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage today. Our attorneys have the resources to fully investigate every aspect of your case in order to prove that malpractice has occurred.
Some medical malpractice cases that you or a loved one may have been a victim to include, but are not limited to:
- Birth injuries related to negligence during delivery or mistakes in prenatal care.
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of such conditions as cancer, heart disease, or stroke.
- Surgical negligence including improper positioning of a patient on an operating table, failure to monitor, improper use of anesthetic agents, or wrong site surgery leading to injury or death
- Pediatric negligence
- OB/GYN negligence such as failure to identify high risk factors in expectant mothers during prenatal care
- Medication errors by a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist
- Hospital staff or administration negligence such as insufficient staffing or poor training.
- Wrongful death
Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as a result of negligence. Victims of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation for lost income, the cost of health and personal care, and other damages related to their injuries. Grieving survivors of medical malpractice victims can also pursue payment for damages in a wrongful death claim. Medical malpractice suits can be complex and expensive. If you believe you have a medical malpractice claim consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage at (619) 338-0505. Our attorneys have almost 30 years of experience and are committed to helping you fight for your legal rights and pursuing the appropriate compensation for your loss.