Information from Our Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Claims involving medical malpractice can be extremely complex. Understanding the basics of this legal area can help you better protect your rights. At The Law Offices of Dr. Samuel K. Cullan and Associates in Arizona, Kansas, and Missouri, our medical malpractice attorneys have extensive training in medicine, human anatomy, and nursing. Our medical-legal team will aggressively fight to help you restore your quality of life after medical errors or mistakes leading to traumatic personal injury or wrongful death.
Frequently Asked Questions: Medical Malpractice
- What is medical malpractice?
- How difficult is it to recover damages from medical malpractice?
- Who would I be filing a claim against?
- What would I be eligible to recover with a medical malpractice claim?
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional deviates from the accepted "standard of care," resulting in a patient's personal injury or wrongful death. In general, standard of care is defined as "how a reasonable medical professional would act in similar circumstances." Violations of the standard of care can take the form of surgical errors, birth injury, anesthesia errors, diagnosis or treatment mistakes, medication errors, and other careless or negligent actions.
How difficult is it to recover damages from medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice cases can be very complex. Care-givers are generally people you trust. And in cases of negligence, sometimes they won’t tell you if an error as occurred. Also, defendants in medical malpractice cases often have easy access to colleagues who will defend them, and the burden of scientific proof lies heavily with the victim. At our firm, we have experienced medical malpractice attorneys who are also doctors trained in medicine, human anatomy, and nursing. They have the medical knowledge and understanding of the law to be the best equipped representatives for your malpractice claim.
Who would I be filing a claim against?
A medical malpractice claim can be filed against any person or entity involved in giving you negligent care. This could include hospitals, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, anesthesiologists, and others. During your consultation at our firm serving Arizona, Missouri, and Kansas, our medical malpractice attorneys will review your case and determine what parties may be held responsible for your injuries.
What would I be eligible to recover with a medical malpractice claim?
If you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, impairment of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages. The medical malpractice attorneys at our firm will also review your case to determine what damages you may be entitled to.
Medical Malpractice Statistics and Information
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is more common than most people think.
- 80,000 to 120,000 people die each year because of preventable mistakes made by a doctor or other health care professional, making medical malpractice the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.
- As many as 5 to 10 percent of all hospital patients will experience some form of medical malpractice.
- Nearly 10,000 deaths and 1.3 million injuries occur each year as a result of medication errors.
Contact Cullan Law, serving Arizona, Kansas, and Missouri, to speak with our medical malpractice attorneys about your case. Our firm is committed to helping victims restore their quality of life and preventing injury to others.