Leaders In Medical Malpractice Litigation
When your doctor fails to perform their job correctly, the results can be disastrous and lead to long-term complications. If you believe that a health care professional acted negligently and you or a loved one sustained an injury or had a condition worsen, it’s crucial to seek the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
Medical malpractice claims are incredibly complicated and require a skilled lawyer to help you fight for full, fair compensation. There is a reason we were named “Leaders in Medical Malpractice” by Newsweek magazine: our attorneys provide compassionate and skilled representation, and we never back down from a challenge.
What Is Considered Medical Malpractice?
Not all mistakes made by health care professionals are examples of medical malpractice. In order for a valid case to be established, we must first determine if a doctor, surgeon or another medical practitioner breached what is called the “standard of care.” The standard of care involves practices such as catching common diseases, properly reading charts and administering correct dosages. If a doctor has failed to adhere to these standards and it results in an injury, you may have a case for medical malpractice.
Common examples of medical malpractice, when coupled with a breach of the standard of care, include:
- Misdiagnoses resulting in injury, worsened condition or death
- Incorrect surgical site or surgery on the wrong patient
- Surgical errors, including removal of wrong organ or left-behind instrument
- Failure to diagnose, including stroke, heart attack, appendicitis and more
- Neurosurgery, craniotomy or tumor removal errors
- Medication errors, including wrong dosage, wrong type and incorrect method
- Brain injuries resulting from medical practitioners’ mistakes
- Birth injuries or complications caused by health care professionals
- Incorrect or late cancer diagnoses/cancer diagnosis issues
- Plastic surgery errors that result in injury or death
These are just some examples of medical malpractice. If you believe a health care professional’s negligence caused you or your loved one’s injuries, don’t delay in seeking the assistance of a Mississippi medical malpractice attorney. We can help you determine if you have a case and what your legal options are.
How Can You Prove That A Mistake Was Made?
Sometimes, negligence is self-evident, such as mistakes in surgery or giving the wrong medication dosage. However, many medical errors are not obvious, especially to someone without extensive medical knowledge. Proving medical malpractice can be tricky and involves several elements that must be established to have a case.
You must prove the following elements to have a case for medical malpractice:
- The existence of a doctor-patient relationship
- An established duty or standard of care
- A breach of that duty occurred
- The breach caused injury or harm
- Damages resulted from the injury
You must also show that your injury did not happen before seeing the medical professional and that nothing happened afterward to cause the injury. This can be proven through the use of medical records and expert witnesses. The medical expert will review the records and give a professional opinion on whether the standard of care was breached and whether you suffered an injury as a result.
Our attorneys can help you prove each element and retain an expert witness to testify on your behalf. While these cases are complex and a lot of evidence is necessary, our attorneys have the experience to manage medical malpractice cases successfully.
How Kilpatrick & Philley Can Help
Medical malpractice cases are complicated. There are a number of hoops you must jump through in order to file your claim. We can help you through these steps, determining if a medical professional owed you a duty of care, breached that duty of care and was in violation of the standard of care. Next, we will help you establish injury and resulting damages before moving on with your claim.
Our attorneys provide leading medical malpractice litigation services throughout Mississippi. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond to provide you with skilled representation and open communication. Not only will we help you gather and submit necessary medical paperwork and file various motions, we will also answer all your questions and provide updates on the status of your case throughout the process.
You Can Rely On Our Medical Malpractice Experience
We carry out all medical malpractice claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay a dime unless they recover a settlement on your behalf. With our years of experience and proven track record, you can rely on Kilpatrick & Philley for exceptional legal assistance with your medical malpractice claim. Contact us today at 601-707-4669 or reach out online to schedule a free consultation.