Millions of patients seek treatment in medical facilities every year. Mistakes in medical facilities are not uncommon, though they are seldom talked about or reported to the media. Tens of thousands of people die each year due to medical mistakes. This has become the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical malpractice frequently occurs at hospitals in emergency rooms and operating rooms, but malpractice can also arise out of a visit to a doctor’s office or even a phone call to a nurse.
At Datsopoulos MacDonald & Lind, our Montana medical malpractice attorneys regularly represent individuals who have suffered extensive injuries or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a hospital, physician, nurse practitioner or other health care provider. If your or a loved one has been injured due to the medical negligence of someone else such as a doctor, surgeon, chiropractor or even a dentist call 406-728-0810 today to schedule a free consultation.
What is medical malpractice?
A legal claim for medical malpractice arises when a patient is injured by medical care that is not within the accepted standards of medical practice in the same or similar communities. Medical malpractice is a term used to describe negligence or mistakes made by hospitals, doctors, nurses or other health care providers. Medical errors occur every day, and sometimes those mistakes cause a wrongful death or permanently injure a patient.
When negligence occurs, the injured patient or family is usually not told about the mistake. An attorney can review medical records with the help of medical experts to determine if the standard of care was not followed. When medical malpractice injures a patient or causes a wrongful death, the patient and/or family are entitled to recover from the hospital or doctor’s medical malpractice insurance.
Examples of medical malpractice include:
If you’ve been injured while in a hospital or under the care of a physician, you should talk to a medical malpractice attorney right away. Victims of medical malpractice have a right to a monetary settlement for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, ongoing care, diminished earning capacity, lost income, and other costs and losses.
Medical malpractice cases can be very complex, however. It takes specialized legal and medical expertise to prove liability on the part of the healthcare provider. In addition, your claim must be filed within a certain period of time after the injury happened. If you wait beyond this “statute of limitations,” you will not be able to file a legal claim. We can help you.
When you work with our experienced injury attorneys, you can expect the best. Contact Datsopoulos MacDonald & Lind for a free consultation at 406-728-0810