Medical malpractice is a serious problem. However, it is not something you think or worry about until it happens to you or your family. The injuries caused by medical negligence can be devastating. Everyone needs to be aware of how serious a problem medical malpractice is so that they can take steps to prevent it from happening to them and the frequency of medical mistakes in our society can be lessened as a whole.
According to Medical News Today, a total of 195,000 hospital deaths occur every year due to medical malpractice. This is more than the total amount of fatalities that result from drunk driving and breast cancer combined. In addition to the deaths, tens of thousands of patients sustain serious injury and disability.
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, nurse, therapist, pharmacist, dentist, or other health care provider harms a patient by failing to use the degree of training and skill that is ordinarily used by members of the profession. Cullan and Cullan handles medical malpractice cases in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. We are also asked to work with lawyers in other states on medical malpractice cases.
Medical Malpractice Laws and Your Rights
Medical malpractice cases are some of the most difficult cases for the injured party. A victim of medical malpractice has sustained injury caused by someone he or she trusted. However, the doctor or healthcare provider who caused the injury generally does not tell the injured party or the family what happened. Even though information is not given, the injured patient and his or her family commonly have a sense that something went terribly wrong.
Preparation for Medical Malpractice Cases
At Cullan and Cullan, our doctors are also lawyers. Our medical-legal team has training and experience that is necessary to conduct a forensic examination of your case. We are capable of reviewing the medical records and medical research associated with the incident and we can determine what the standard of care is for a doctor, hospital, or nurse. Our attorneys understand the long-term consequences of medical mistakes and are experienced in identifying the medical, legal, and economic issues.
If you are a victim of medical negligence, you may face tremendous medical bills and disability, which can be emotionally and financially devastating. Serving Missouri and Kansas, the medical malpractice lawyers at our law firm will help you navigate through this difficult time.
Proving the Wrongdoing of Medical Professionals
Medical malpractice law places a heavy burden on the victim of medical negligence to present scientific evidence in his or her case. The defendant, such as a doctor or nurse, has easy access to colleagues who will defend him or her. You must retain attorneys who are experienced in handling medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. By hiring an attorney as early as possible, you can make sure that the evidence proving the fault of medical professional and the extent of your injuries is preserved and records are not lost, altered, or destroyed. Additionally, it may be important that your lawyer orders special testing to prove your case. If the incident involved a death, it may be important for your attorney to help you obtain an autopsy to prove your case.
Contact Our Missouri and Kansas Medical Malpractice Law Offices
If you suspect that you or a loved one has sustained injury due to medical negligence, contact our personal injury law firm serving Missouri, Kansas, and Arizona. Our medical malpractice lawyers would be honored to assist you. Cullan and Cullan can protect your rights, file your case on time, and aid you in recovery from physical, emotional, and financial damages.