Medical mistakes kill and injure thousands of people every year. Medical mistakes in judgment and treatment are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. These mistakes are made not only by doctors, but also by nurses, dentists, emergency transportation personnel, and other health care providers, all of whom can also cause serious permanent injury or death. These types of mistakes by a health care professional are commonly referred to as a medical malpractice or medical negligence claim. The consequences of medical malpractice can be catastrophic, both financially and emotionally.
At Bailey & Oliver, our attorneys handle all types of medical malpractice lawsuits, including:
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to diagnose a serious condition
- Hospital errors
- Medical equipment errors
- Medication errors
- Nursing errors
- Surgical errors
- Wrongful surgeries
Injuries often result from a failure of a physician or health care provider to correctly diagnose an injury. Doctors are required to “rule out” all dangerous conditions and are not allowed to “assume” that a patient does not have a dangerous emergency medical condition. One of the most common places for this to occur is in the hospital emergency room. Doctors must consider and rule out dangerous conditions which could be causing a patient’s complaints, pain, or distress.
Injuries may occur as a result of complications with surgery. Surgeons are required to use the latest surgical techniques and equipment so that surgeries are conducted as safe as possible. Although all surgeries carry some risk, there are certain types of injuries that are almost always avoidable if proper technique is employed.
Some of the most serious medical malpractice cases involve injuries that occur to infants during the labor and delivery process. These injuries can occur for a variety of reasons including the failure of the doctor to perform a timely C Section or failure to monitor. Unfortunately, many of the injuries involve the brain and are permanent and life-long. Sometimes the injury involves the child’s shoulder being subjected to too much force during birth. These injuries are called brachial plexus injuries and often result in permanent disfigurement and disability.
These cases are quite complex and are governed by special laws designed to make it extremely difficult for patients or their families to pursue claims for medical malpractice or medical negligence. Medical malpractice claims are generally based on a health care provider deviating from the standard of care that a competent health care provider would have provided. However, it is important to realize that not all unfortunate medical situations are actually the result of medical malpractice. Further, not all medical mistakes cause injury.
Arkansas Medical Malpractice Attorneys
A successful medical malpractice case requires a law firm with a massive amount of medical knowledge, access to medical experts, financial resources to build a compelling case, and the ability to take a case to trial against a vigorous defense from malpractice insurance lawyers. Additionally, attorneys need to be skilled in presenting evidence to the jury and helping the jury understand the complex nature of these claims.
The attorneys with Bailey & Oliver Law Firm have the resources necessary to evaluate medical malpractice cases. We have the experience, medical knowledge, and skill to stand toe to toe with the best medical experts in any given case, to provide you with the representation you deserve, and to achieve the best result in your case. If you or any one close to you has suffered injuries due to a medical mistake, please contact Bailey & Oliver Law Firm to discuss your rights and possible avenues to recover compensation for your injuries. (479) 202-5200
Learn more on our Blog:
The Importance of Autopsies in Medical Negligence Cases, August 18, 2014: http://www.baileyoliverlawfirm.com/news/2014/aug/18/the-importance-of-autopsies-in/