Medical Malpractice

When a patient dies as a result of an improper diagnosis or incorrect treatment, the physician’s reputation, license and job are on the line. Frequently, physicians’ fear of litigation leads them to cover up their mistakes. In most cases, errors are difficult to establish because they are not properly documented in the medical record. Occasionally, records are altered or even disappear. The patient or the patient’s family is sometimes blamed. So-called “experts” are routinely recruited to give false opinions where they claim that the appropriate “standard medical of care” was met. All too often, key witnesses become forgetful, or remember events differently than how they actually occurred. As a result, establishing medical malpractice in wrongful death cases usually requires highly skilled lawyers, knowledgeable expert witnesses, and protracted litigation.

We use our knowledge, resources and skill to take on well-funded hospitals, doctors, and their insurance companies. Where there is a health care related death, we conduct penetrating investigations focused on uncovering the truth. We retain outstanding experts. Our goal is to determine whether deficient health care caused the patient to die. When we determine that malpractice has occurred, we prepare and execute a comprehensive course of litigation carefully designed to fully establish our client’s losses.

As part of our policy to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients, we have limited our focus to cases involving wrongful death in the medical malpractice context.  Because of the complexity of the medical malpractice field, we also maintain an extensive network that includes many other medical malpractice attorneys and we do not hesitate to call upon these specialists if their assistance in a particular case will help us to obtain a favorable resolution.  Although we are a small firm, we find that our clients obtain excellent outcomes because of our resources and connections.  Our clients benefit from having a close personal relationship with our attorneys and they appreciate our choice to put their needs first.

Cases Handled:

Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia errors arising from medical malpractice often result in the death of patients.
Anesthesia complications may often be caused by defective or malfunctioning medical equipment, or mistakes made by the doctor or other staff member.

Bacterial Meningitis

The failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis or an unreasonable delay in diagnosis can be the result of medical malpractice. About ten percent of those afflicted with bacterial meningitis die and many more suffer permanent injuries. The disease is curable if detected early and treated aggressively. A delay in diagnosis may greatly reduce the chance of survival. The first symptoms of meningitis include: high fever, headache, and stiff neck. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. At the first sign of the disease, doctors should order a spinal tap to confirm the diagnosis.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Although gastric bypass surgery has helped many patients through the admirable work of dedicated physicians, a significant number of patients unnecessarily die due to substandard care provided by a small minority of doctors and health care facilities.

Failure To Diagnose Pulmonary Embolism

The failure of doctors to properly diagnose and treat pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of unnecessary death in the United States.

Medication Errors

Patients should never be seriously injured or killed as a result of medication errors.  Unfortunately, according to a study by Auburn University, hospital patients may get the wrong drug or dosage in more than 10 percent of all cases.

Plastic Surgery Malpractice

Because of the growing demand for plastic surgery, there is an increased incidence of disfigurement, severe injury and death resulting from these procedures. In some instances, poorly qualified doctors and nurses have entered the field to take advantage of highly profitable procedures. In some facilities, staff is poorly supervised and excessive numbers of procedures are performed at a hectic pace. This can result in serious problems, including negligent care, poor surgical technique, anesthesia errors and infections.