Georgetown Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Doctors are supposed to help and heal you when you’re at your most vulnerable. When you’re sick or injured, you trust your doctor and other medical professionals to provide you with their best care. While most doctors do their best to help and follow the standard of care, sometimes they can be negligent, which leads you to suffer from more injuries. That’s when you’ll need the help of a Georgetown medical malpractice lawyer.
At the Law Office of Todd W. Burris in Kentucky, we know that you’re coming to us when you are feeling your lowest. When a doctor’s negligence caused you more injuries on top of your already existing illness or injuries that you initially were being treated for, we will fight to get you justice for their actions. Nobody deserves to experience medical malpractice, which is why we’re here to support you in getting compensation.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
When you hire a Georgetown medical malpractice lawyer, they’ll look into what specifically caused your injury. It’s important for you to file a claim after a doctor’s negligence causes you an injury because they need to be held accountable for their actions. When you don’t file a claim, they might feel as though they can make this same mistake with other patients.
Filing a med mal claim can be intimidating, but you didn’t deserve to suffer from these injuries that your doctor caused. In serious cases, medical malpractice can lead to death, which is why taking legal action shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some of the common mistakes that qualify for medical malpractice:
- Misdiagnosis. When a doctor diagnoses you with the wrong illness, they can subject you to treatments you didn’t need and that could cause you more harm. For example, if you are misdiagnosed with cancer and go through chemo treatments, you can suffer more injuries from the treatments.
- Missed diagnosis. When a doctor fails to diagnose you in a timely manner, this can cause prolonged suffering, or even death if your illness or injury is serious enough. For example, if a patient comes to the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack but is sent home because the major signs are missed and then their condition worsens, then that could be a case for medical malpractice.
- Emergency room errors. While misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses can happen at any point in the treatment process, they frequently happen in the emergency room, which is the first point of contact in a medical emergency. When someone comes to the emergency room with severe symptoms and needs immediate help, they take precedence over the other patients. When they’re not seen quickly, this can cause their condition to worsen.
- Surgical errors. Surgeons are expected to be cautious and focused the entire time they’re performing your surgery. Even though that can be a long endeavor, it’s what is expected of them. When they don’t pay attention, are fatigued, and are negligent during your surgery, then you could suffer from a wrong-site surgery, nicked arteries, or have tools left inside your body.
- Lack of informed consent. Your doctor is supposed to inform you of your diagnosis, your treatments, and the potential side effects that you could suffer from before you agree to be treated. When you’re not informed and suffer from side effects you didn’t know about, then you could have a medical malpractice claim on your hands.
Proving Negligence in Your Claim
Medical malpractice can be deadly. In fact, a study by Johns Hopkins found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Once it’s determined by your lawyers that you probably have a med mal claim to file against a doctor because of a medical error, it’s up to them to prove that the doctor was negligent.
Here’s what your med mal attorney will need to prove in order to establish negligence in your case:
- A doctor-patient relationship was established, and you were owed a duty of care.
- That duty of care was breached by your doctor.
- That breach of care caused an injury to you.
- That injury caused you to suffer damages as a result.
Once negligence is established, your Georgetown medical malpractice lawyer will be able to fight to recover damages for you.
Hire Our Med Mal Lawyer to Help You
When you’ve been harmed by a negligent doctor, you deserve compensation for your injuries, other costs, and the suffering that you endured. A Georgetown medical malpractice lawyer from the Law Office of Todd W. Burris can help you prove the doctor’s negligence, calculate the compensation you’re owed, and fight to protect your rights.
Hiring an attorney from our office ensures that we will guide you through the legal process and help you financially recover while you focus on what’s really important—your physical and emotional recovery. Contact our office today so that we can discuss your legal options and how we can help you.