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What Does a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Do?

What does a medical malpractice lawyer do?

If you, or someone you love, are the victim of medical malpractice, finding a good medical malpractice lawyer is very important. If you are like most people the only thing you know about medical malpractice law is what you have seen on TV commercials and billboards. Most of those advertisements will give you the impression […]

Do You Know How The Statute of Limitations Affects Your Case?

Do You Know How The Statute of Limitations Affects Your Case?

Medical malpractice victims deal with many frustrating problems. Not the least of which is understanding how the statute of limitations affects their case. Just as they discover and adjust to the outcome of their injury, they begin losing time to take action. Dividing their time between dealing with their injury and finding out if they have a claim […]

Doctor Errors Happen, Here are Some Ways to Avoid Them

Doctor Errors Happen, Here are Some Ways to Avoid Them

Doctor errors happen. That is a fact. Medicine isn’t the only occupation in which errors occur. There are mechanic errors, fast food errors, printing errors, etc… Every sort of work is going to have errors. Doctor errors, however, can have pretty significant, even life-threatening, consequences. We go to a doctor and expect that he or […]

Patient Safety at Risk in 7 Surgeries Prone to Doctor Errors

7 Surgeries that Put Patient Safety at Risk for Doctor Errors

Surgery isn’t an uncommon event for people in the United States. Almost everyone either has had some form of surgical procedure or knows of someone who has. Some of these procedures are not necessary but can lead to an enhanced quality of life. Other surgeries, however, are potentially life-saving or prevent significant disability. Some such […]

How Do I Find a Good Doctor?

How Do I Find A Good Doctor?

At different times you may have asked yourself, “How do I find a good doctor?” Finding a good doctor is one of the most important things we do. Often our search begins by asking our friends, trusted family members, and even our co-workers for their thoughts. That is a great way to start, but our […]

Thousands of Surgical Errors Occur Every Year (Infographic)

Surgical Errors

Every year thousands of surgical errors occur. Surgical errors are different from bad outcomes, which are the known risks of undergoing a surgical procedure. The document you sign before surgery called a “consent” form, is where the doctor lists these known risks. The consent you give, however, must be “informed;” that is, the doctor must […]

Blood Clot Patient Safety Tips

Blood Clot Patient Safety Tips

Have you ever wondered how a blood clot becomes dangerous? Generally speaking, the ability of your blood to clot is a good thing. When you get a cut, the reason you don’t keep bleeding and bleeding is that your blood has something in it that makes it thicken or “clot.” This is how your body […]

Standard of Care is just another name for “The Rules”

Standard of Care is another name for "The Rules"

Have you ever heard the term standard of care? If you are not a lawyer or a doctor, you probably haven’t. Now try this, the next time you take your car to the mechanic ask him if there are rules or procedures in his profession regarding how to properly change oil, do a tune-up, or […]

Helping Stroke Victims

Brain Bleed Injuries

A stroke will drastically change the life of anyone who is a victim of one.  Stroke victims often find themselves dealing with some very serious long-term conditions: Paralysis Impaired speech Loss of the use of extremities Cognitive impairment Depression Increased risk for successive strokes Causes of a Stroke A stroke is caused by a disruption in […]

5 Qualities A Medical Malpractice Lawyer Would Want In A Lawyer

Top 5

If the truth was found in billboards one would think the key qualities for a medical malpractice lawyer are clenched fists (preferably around hundred dollar bills) and the willingness to kick butt. These, however, are the last characteristics I would look for if I needed a medical malpractice lawyer. No matter what you’ve heard (or […]

Spinal Cord Injuries and Medical Malpractice

Spinal Cord Injuries | Medical Malpractice

A spinal cord injury is a terrible event.  It will change victims’ lives dramatically, leaving them to deal with problems like difficulty breathing, paralysis, and often bouts of severe pain.  Every year around 17,000 spinal cord injuries (SCI) occur in the United States. Unfortunately, 5% of those injuries occur as a result of medical/surgical procedures. […]

Patient Safety Checklist to avoid Doctor Errors

Patient Safety Checklist

Avoiding doctor errors is something everyone wants to do.  After all, a visit to the doctor or a hospital is about feeling better, not worse.  Most of the time patient safety is a high priority for healthcare professionals. Unfortunately, there are times that mistakes are made and patients find themselves worse off than when they […]

Medical Malpractice Experts are Expensive

Medical Malpractice Experts

Medical malpractice cases are unique because the law requires expert testimony from a doctor in order to pursue a case against a doctor or a hospital. These cases frequently require several medical malpractice experts. The fees for experts can range anywhere from $500.00 to $1,000.00 an hour. It is not uncommon for the total expenses […]

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

A bad outcome to a medical procedure is the last thing anyone plans on when going to the doctor.  After all, you go to the doctor to be healed. It is possible, however, that despite a doctor’s best efforts you won’t get better. If a doctor does the best job he or she can do […]

Medical Expertise Helps Identify Surgical Errors

Medical expertise helps identify surgical errors

Medical Expertise Helps Identify Doctor Errors During Surgery. There are many reasons for surgical errors. One is the failure of the surgeon to recognize that a postoperative complication is related to the surgery itself. Some complications occur because a surgeon fails to recognize the unusual anatomy of an individual patient and ends up either cutting something […]

Informed consent is part of a healthy doctor-patient relationship.

Informed consent is an important part of a healthy doctor-patient relationship

Informed consent is an important part of the doctor-patient relationship. Patients should be able to trust and rely on their doctors to use their extensive training and experience to heal them. That does not mean patients should be left in the dark when it comes to making medical decisions. Informed Consent is an important part […]

Brain Injuries during surgery are almost always preventable

Brain Injuries during surgery are almost always preventable

Surgeries are never risk-free. They can result in unintended injuries, even under the best care; however, there are some types of injuries that raise an immediate red flag to medical malpractice lawyers. Brain injuries during surgery are one of those types of “red-flag” injuries. They are the type of injury that should almost never occur, […]

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Overcome Guilt

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Overcome Guilt

Victims of Medical Malpractice Often Need Help Overcoming Guilt When a client comes to talk to us about whether they should file a medical malpractice case or not, one of the greatest hurdles that we have to overcome right away is guilt. Surprisingly, when we talk to people about the fact that doctors were responsible […]

Analyzing Records for Medical Malpractice Victims

Analyzing Records for Medical Malpractice Victims

Analyzing Records for Medical Malpractice Victims The essence of evaluating a medical malpractice case is determining what happened and how the injury occurred. We have a great deal of experience in practicing medicine. We understand how the health care system works, how people keep records, and this knowledge is very valuable to try to determine, in […]

Understanding Hospital Negligence

Understanding Hospital Negligence

No one goes to the hospital and thinks of it like staying at a hotel. There is always a risk of a bad outcome. When treatment at a hospital results in injury or death, victims or their families may question whether it was the result of hospital negligence (a form of medical malpractice). As complicated […]

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