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“[If] something occurs that you weren’t even told was a risk of the procedure you had, it’s really critical that you get to an attorney, really as soon as possible to evaluate that.”
What is medical malpractice, and how can you tell when it occurred?
Jasper Abbott is an attorney with Warshauer Law Group, P.C. in Atlanta. In this interview, he explains some warning signs that could indicate your medical team may have committed malpractice, as well as when to get an attorney involved.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-5602 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider violates the standards they are supposed to meet when caring for a patient and harm is suffered by the patient as a result.
Any number of individuals could be responsible for medical malpractice depending on the circumstances surrounding you or your loved one’s injuries. Medical malpractice can be perpetrated by any type of healthcare professional; including doctors, surgeons, nurses, and pharmacists. Due to the number and variety of medical professionals involved in any one procedure, there could be multiple parties at fault. In addition, hospitals and health maintenance organizations could also be held liable under specific circumstances.
While every medical procedure comes with some inherent and understandable risks, a patient should be informed of these risks before the procedure. If the outcome of your treatment was not one that others in a similar field of medicine would expect, this could be indicative of medical malpractice. It can be hard to know when an injury during medical treatment occurs as a result of malpractice or simply an unfortunate outcome of the surgery.
As a general rule, when harm occurs to a patient that was not listed as a natural possibility, it’s wise to dig further into the situation to find out if malpractice might have occurred.
While it would be nice to believe a healthcare provider would prioritize the health of a patient over their own reputation, this is often not the case. The majority of the time, a healthcare professional will not take responsibility for damages incurred as a result of their malpractice. This is why it’s vital to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney who will know what evidence to look for.
It is essential to contact an attorney if you suspect medical malpractice has occurred as it is unlikely the medical community will hold its people accountable on their own. It is also important to contact an attorney immediately when you begin to suspect medical malpractice. Typically, there is a two-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases, after which time you will not be able to seek compensation for your situation. It’s also important to note that it can take a bit of time for your attorney to collect the evidence. If you approach an attorney mere days or weeks before the statute of limitations expires, it could severely hurt your case.
Although the family members eligible to file a wrongful death claim vary from state to state, it is still highly recommended that the loved one or estate of the victim seek legal compensation for the victim’s death. Reputable medical malpractice attorneys will not charge you to represent your case until and unless they win your case, at which point they would be paid a previously agreed-upon percentage of the winnings. Even the initial consultation is free, so if you suspect you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice or a loved one has suffered wrongful death due to medical malpractice, don’t wait to take action and seek the compensation you and your family deserve.
To learn more, contact Jasper Abbott directly by calling 888-981-5602 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Disclaimer: This video is for informational purposes only. In some states, this video may be deemed Attorney Advertising. The choice of lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements.
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