The legal system provides an avenue for victims and their families to obtain compensation as a result of medical negligence, and to prevent such incidents from happening again. Medical error can be difficult to prove and requires arduous work on behalf of the attorneys, for these cases require the injured person to prove that their treatment was not proper or reasonable. The law also requires that this proof be given in the form of expert testimony. So yes, these cases are difficult; however, they are not impossible with a strong set of facts.
Medical malpractice cases are costly in terms of both time and money; even the simplest case may cost more than $30,000 in addition to several hundred hours on behalf of the attorneys. This all necessary though, because injuries obtained through medical negligence can be scarring. Such injuries may not only effect the victim, but the victim’s family and closest friends as well. This is why if you feel that you, or someone you know, has been a victim of medical malpractice you must contact an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. The evidence collection that is required in proving these types of cases is extensive and can take quite a while to gather. Considering this, it is of the utmost importance and urgency that an attorney is contacted as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, please do not hesitate to contact the law offices of Smith Coonrod & Mohlman for a free consultation.
Here are some important resources you may have missed:
1. San Rafael Man Sues Navato Hospital, claiming sponge left in gut. Fifty-year-old Ronald Alvos underwent a surgical procedure at Navato Community Hospital in California eight years ago. However, a recent abdominal imaging scan revealed a surgical sponge that was allegedly been in his abdomen since his procedure at Navato Hospital. Unfortunately for the hospital, this is not the only occurrence of such an incident.
2. New York Judges Aim to Curb Medical Malpractice Litigation Costs. Part of the Obama administration’s health care bill includes money for grants to states to launch projects aiming to curbing the high costs associated with medical malpractice litigation. The idea is to get judges involved in the cases early to limit both cost and time; a judge will hold a settlement conference with the attorneys, without the clients present. However, some believe that this may lead to clients settling for compensation that is less than fair.
3. Choosing the Right Doctor is One of Your Most Important Decisions. A neurosurgeon in Oregon is has been accused of routinely performing unnecessary spinal fusion procedures on his patients. Additionally, this doctor has faced eight medical malpractices lawsuits in the nine years he has been practicing. This is just one unfortunate example of how extremely important choosing the right doctor for you and your family is.
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