Medical professionals are individuals in society who we entrust with our lives. When a doctor or other medical professional does not perform their job or duties correctly, either due to negligence or omission, the result can be cataclysmic for the patient. If you think that a doctor acted in a way that was negligent and you or your family member were injured as a result of their actions or inactions, or if a medical condition worsened because of the action or inaction of that doctor, you may be entitled to compensation.
The extensive training that is required to become a medical professional and the medical code of ethics would lead us to believe that we can always trust a doctor’s diagnosis, treatment, or procedures. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When someone is injured at the hands of a medical professional, medical malpractice has taken place.
Doctors, nurses, and others in the medical field owe what is called a “medical standard of care” to their patients. This means that when interacting with patients and preparing their treatments and diagnoses, these professionals acknowledge that they are competent, trained, and sensitive enough to treat their patients with compassion while being alert to the quality of care they’re providing.
If you or someone you love has sustained injuries or a medical condition has worsened, it’s absolutely vital that you speak with a Jackson medical malpractice attorney who has the experience, skills, and resources needed to handle this type of complicated legal matter. Because these cases are so complex, they will require the guidance and representation of a seasoned personal injury lawyer.
The Germany Law Firm, PLLC has been handling these types of personal injury claims for more than 38 years. We have the time and resources needed to ensure the best outcome in your medical malpractice lawsuit. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with our medical malpractice specialists.
Medical malpractice covers a much wider range of factors than many people realize. Terrible examples of medical malpractice often appear in the media; however, milder forms of medical malpractice happen every day, threatening the health and wellbeing of you or those around you.
The most common types of medical malpractice include problems in childbirth, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and surgical errors.
Complications in Childbirth: Childbirth can be a time of extreme anxiety and confusion. Many mothers fear for the health of their babies as well as their own health if an unplanned C-section surgery is necessary. Sadly, umbilical cord prolapse requiring C-sections, as well as other procedures conducted during the high-stress time of birth, can lead to complications that sometimes result in medical malpractice cases.
Misdiagnosis: A misdiagnosis of a medical condition or disease can lead to injury or even death. This type of medical error may result in a medical malpractice lawsuit. These cases often involve two factors: a doctor misdiagnosing a disease or a lab test error. When a doctor misdiagnosis a serious medical condition, negligence on the part of the doctor must be proven. For example, if clear symptoms of a disease were present in the patient and the test, and the doctor disregarded them, then negligence may be the case. If the doctor was found to not live up to the standard of care, then a medical malpractice suit may be appropriate. In some cases, however, testing companies produce incorrect results, leading to misdiagnosis. In this way, medical test companies can become involved in malpractice lawsuits.
Delayed Diagnosis: A delayed diagnosis can be just as serious as a misdiagnosis. If a person’s condition worsened because of a delayed diagnosis, they may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for their injuries and losses.
Surgical Errors: Surgical errors, including unnecessary surgery, are another all-too-common form of medical malpractice. These errors can range. Many are serious, such as conducting surgery on the wrong knee or leaving a medical instrument in the body. This may also include less sensational errors that can still cause damaging problems, such as perforation of an organ or overuse of anesthesia.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, you owe it to yourself and other patients who may suffer at the hands of a negligent medical professional. You have a right to seek justice to ensure that the medical professional whose negligence caused your injury doesn’t make the same mistake on someone else.
The medical malpractice attorneys at the Germany Law Firm, PLLC in Jackson, Mississippi understand what it’s like to experience the sense of betrayal that follows medical malpractice. We know how to talk to you with care and help you move forward so that you can receive compensation and closure for the injuries and losses you have experienced at the hands of a medical professional.
In order to file a medical malpractice suit in Mississippi, you must obtain a “Certificate of Consultation.” This certificate states that at least one medical professional has declared that the defendant has suffered from the actions of a negligent doctor or other healthcare providers.
Unlike a car accident, when the need for a lawyer is often clear, medical malpractice cases can take time to become apparent. Unfortunately, medical malpractice in Mississippi is under a tight statute of limitations, which is spelled out in the Mississippi Code 15-1-36.
According to this law, medical malpractice victims must file their claim within two years of the malpractice or the date on which the malpractice became known to the victim (called “reasonable diligence”). There are some exceptions to this two-year deadline; for example, if a medical object was left in a patient, and the patient didn’t discover it until years later, the two-year limit would not apply. In most cases, however, you should plan to file your malpractice suit as soon as you’ve realized that malpractice has taken place.
In order to navigate the statute of limitations and other provisions related to your medical malpractice lawsuit, it’s essential that you obtain the guidance of a competent, experienced Mississippi medical malpractice lawyer. Bob Germany and his team at the Germany Law Firm, PLLC have handled complicated medical malpractice in the more than 38 years that we have been practicing law in Jackson. We have helped the injured victims of medical malpractice seek justice and compensation for their injuries and losses. We can help you get the best outcome for your medical malpractice lawsuit.
For some people–especially in the case of some surgical procedures in which one body part was operated on when the other body part required the operation–medical malpractice is visible and undeniable immediately.
For many other people, however, the realization that they have been victims of medical malpractice doesn’t appear all of a sudden. It may occur to them slowly as they realize that their health is not to the optimum level it should be, that their healing from surgery is not happening as rapidly as it should, or that a pain they believed would dissipate remains or grows worse.
Women who have suffered from medical malpractice during childbirth might find it hard to reconcile the joy of their child’s entry into the world with the fact that they have been treated without care by a doctor they trusted. People who experience medical malpractice in other instances may find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that someone they trusted with their health and life, especially under anesthesia, has betrayed them.
By selecting an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice, you can be assured that your case is in the hands of someone who knows how to work with the medical corporations, insurance companies, and other parties who may be involved in your case in order to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
When you suffer physically due to the incompetence or disregard of a professional you trusted, the impact can become emotional as well. Many victims of medical malpractice find themselves dealing with anger, shame, and regret following the realization that they have not been treated with the medical standard of care.
The lawyers at the Germany Law Firm in Jackson specialize in medical malpractice lawsuits and possess nearly 40 years of Mississippi personal injury law experience fighting for the rights of those who’ve been mistreated by medical professionals. While we can’t give you back the time you’ve lost or take away the pain you’ve experienced, a medical malpractice lawsuit can provide you with compensation to cover the costs of your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We want to help provide you with a sense of justice. Contact us today at 601-401-6884.