Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Gillette
Although different types of professional malpractice exist, medical malpractice is probably the most dangerous. We trust doctors with our well-being - our very lives - and expect them to uphold a professional standard of care. When avoidable mistakes occur, it is the patients who pay the price. It is up to each of us to hold medical providers responsible for any negligence in their practice.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to medical malpractice of any kind, you deserve to have your rights protected and take action against whoever harmed you. This is no small task, however, which is why you need a team of knowledgeable Gillette personal injury attorneys by your side to handle the medical details and challenges of the legal system.
Call Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., at (307) 257-7800 right now and put us to work for you today.
Medical malpractice can take many forms, but always comes down to a healthcare professional failing to uphold the appropriate standard of care for his or her patient. This results in some type of harm to that patient. Some common forms of malpractice include:
- Birth injuries
- Diagnostic errors
- Medication errors
- Hospital negligence
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Never events
When medical malpractice occurs, it is the patient who suffers. The exact nature of that pain and suffering depends on the situation. For example, a patient who has surgery performed on the wrong hand might lose mobility in what was a healthy hand, experience pain and stiffness, have to go through additional surgery to receive the correct procedure, and suffer additional complications. Many times these consequences multiply over time, and even seemingly minor mistakes can have long-term effects.
Some common consequences of medical malpractice include:
- Delays in diagnosis and treatment
- Extended duration of illness or disease
- Worsening of symptoms and pain
- Improper pain management
- Changes in lifestyle
- Emotional and psychological consequences, such as depression
- Lost wages due to time missed from work
- Brain damage
Liability in a medical malpractice case ultimately comes down to who is really to blame for what happened, which can be difficult to determine. For example, imagine a situation in which a surgeon performs surgery on the wrong patient. Initially you would place the blame on the surgeon who performed the procedure, since he should know who he’s working on.
But, what if the error was in part due to the patient being mislabeled within the hospital's computer system? Or perhaps the error occurred because an internal medicine doctor made an incorrect diagnosis and sent the patient in for unnecessary surgery? What if the mistake happened because the hospital didn’t have guidelines in place requiring surgeons to meet with their patients before a procedure to avoid such a situation?
Following these questions to their source to find out who is ultimately liable for a mistake can become quite complicated.
Proving negligence and liability in a Campbell County malpractice case requires a great deal of time and energy, not to mention medical knowledge. Other doctors are often needed to provide expert testimony, demonstrate how a mistake should have been avoided, and prove that the at-fault doctor failed to meet his or her duty of care. This is not something you should try to do on your own – let a Gillette medical malpractice lawyer help!
Call us today at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., at (307) 257-7800 and let us fight for you. Your consultation is free, and if we take your case, you don’t pay us a dime until we win you a verdict or settlement.
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