Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Hospitals are supposed to be a sanctuary where you go to recover from your injuries. They’re where you go when you require the aid of highly educated medical professionals. However, according to the American College of Physicians, between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in hospitals each year because of medical errors.
Of course, most medical professionals are capable and passionate individuals who work very hard to safeguard the health of their patients. Although this may be the case, medical errors still occur and the consequences are usually devastating. It is often said that no victim is more innocent than patients who seek out medical attention from a doctor.
Like any legal matter, it can be hard to pursue a medical malpractice claim on your own. Instead, you’re going to want a team of passionate, highly trained professionals behind you when you make your claim in court. Doing so will make all the difference when it comes to receiving the compensation that you rightfully deserve for your suffering. The Ward Law Group is one such team. With nearly a decade of experience, you can rest assured knowing that your case will be in very capable hands.
Most insurance company adjusters will use your primary speaking language as a barrier against you if you are not a native English speaker. Luckily, The Ward Law Group also offers its legal services to the Spanish-speaking community. Don’t let the insurance companies use your language as a weapon against you! The Ward Law Group will ensure that no detail becomes lost in translation.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims that We Settle
According to the American College of Physicians, roughly 2.9-3.7% of hospitalizations result in the occurrence of an adverse event. This may not sound like a large chunk of the pie, but it actually adds up to be quite a lot of cases. After all, a bad year results in roughly 100,000 deaths from medical malpractice alone.
There are many different causes of medical malpractice. However, most of them result from some form of negligence or lack of overall knowledge and experience. Here are some of the most common causes of medical malpractice in the United States:
- Infections: Every year, infections resulting from medical malpractice affect nearly 2 million patients, resulting in thousands of avoidable deaths. This translates to roughly $20 billion dollars in costs to our healthcare system.
- Medication Errors: Improper medical administration (incorrect dosages, routes, etc.) are very common medical errors that occur all of the time. These errors may result in serious patient harm, and in some cases, even death.
- Healthcare Worker Fatigue: Let’s face it. Medical professionals work long hours, sometimes without receiving any sort of break in between. Statistics show that medical professionals are much more likely to make errors when they have not received the proper rest that they need in order to perform their duties.
These are only three of the most common causes, however. Other factors include:
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Childbirth errors
- Improper prenatal care
- …and more.
Any one of these causes may lead to permanent injury or wrongful death in patients. If you have been on the receiving end of any of these medical errors, please seek out legal consultation as soon as you are able. Contact a medical malpractice lawyer today!
Types of Medical Malpractice Injuries & Compensation
Medical malpractice injuries are rather hard to classify, as almost anything that happens will depend on the nature of the mistake and the elements of the individual case. That being said, here is a list of some of the possible injuries that may occur from medical malpractice:
- Patient death
- Child stillbirth
- Incorrect limb amputation
- Unnecessary surgery
- Excessive blood loss
- Medical overdose
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord damage
- …and more.
When you suffer injuries resulting from the negligence of others, you need an experienced legal team to back you every step of the way. With expert legal consultation, you may be able to walk away with the following forms of compensation:
- Medical Expenses: The injured patient is able to obtain damages for the cost of medical care and treatment that was related to the injuries sustained as a direct result of negligence.
- Lost Wages & Earning Capacity: Lost wages refer to wages lost while you were out of work because of medical error. Lost earning capacity refers to situations in which the patient has sustained a permanent injury and no longer has the ability to excel in their field of work.
- Pain & Suffering: Depending on the nature of the case, the patient may be able to recover intangible damages such as emotional and psychological distress.
- Loss of Consortium: Your significant other may be able to recover damages for the loss of marital benefits that were a direct result of the defendant’s negligence.
With nearly a decade of experience, The Ward Law Group has recovered millions of dollars in every kind of medical malpractice claim under the sun. This is the kind of legal team that you want representing you every step of the way. Don’t leave your claim up to chance with big-name insurance adjusters. Contact us today!
Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident
More so than most other cases, medical malpractice is very taxing on the patient. These cases are very complex and come with societal stigmas that make them difficult to present before a jury. That being said, there are five general steps you should take after an accident:
- Switch medical providers. Always ask for a referral and switch doctors after a medical malpractice incident. If your doctor knows that you are pursuing a medical malpractice claim, he or she may try to edit your medical records in such a way that minimizes your chance of processing a successful claim.
- Obtain a copy of your medical records. The sooner you do this, the better. Obtaining a copy of your records soon after the incident will prevent anyone from tampering with evidence. This can save you thousands of dollars in a medical malpractice claim.
- Continue to seek medical attention as necessary and do exactly as your medical providers tell you. Of course, your health and wellness are more important than any pursuit of compensation. Moreover, keeping up with treatment will help your legal team understand the full extent of your medical suffering.
- Keep a journal. Medical malpractice claims sometimes take years to resolve. This is where keeping a journal comes in handy. A journal will help you remember key events that you would otherwise forget over a period of time.
- Contact an attorney. You’re going to need to check with your state’s statute of limitations regarding medical malpractice to learn the exact amount of time you have to file a claim. In many states, if you wait longer than two years, you can no longer file a medical malpractice claim.
How The Ward Law Group Can Help
Remember, big-name insurance adjusters will do everything in their power to make sure that you do not walk away with the compensation that you rightfully deserve. Don’t let them get away with it! The Ward Law Group is passionate about making sure that you are fully taken care of in your legal pursuit against medical malpractice. Get your claim started off on the right foot by contacting our team of medical malpractice lawyers today.
Don’t forget: The Ward Law Group also provides our services to both the English- and Spanish-speaking communities. Big-name insurance companies will always use language as a barrier against you if they can, so don’t let them! You deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and earning capacity, emotional suffering, and more. Contact us today!