When you have to go to the hospital, it’s understandable to be a bit nervous. You trust your medical care providers to know what they’re doing, act competently, and not make any mistakes. Unfortunately, medical professionals can make mistakes at the cost of your health and well-being. The Little Rock medical malpractice lawyers from McMath Woods P.A. can protect your rights and make sure you get the compensation you need.
Our firm stands up for the citizens of Arkansas and puts your needs first. Doctors, surgeons, pharmacists, or any other person in the medical field need to be held accountable for their actions, especially when it causes personal injury. Their negligence may create a situation where you have more health complications, will need more time to recover, and may possibly need to miss work.
With all these issues in the air, anyone can easily get too overwhelmed when a medical error claim is added to the mix. You may want to handle the matter as quickly as possible, but doing so runs the risk of getting a smaller settlement than what you could have gotten with a personal injury lawyer. This could mean your settlement won’t cover what your injuries cost and you’ll have to pay for past expenses or future medical treatments.
With our skilled lawyers at your side, you won’t have to worry about an unfavorable settlement. You can recover damages for the following:
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earnings
- Pain and Suffering
- Medical Expenses
- Punitive Damages
McMath Woods P.A. has the experience and the drive to help your claim. We’ll carefully examine your case to see how the mistake occurred, the injuries you sustained because of it, and how those injuries are affecting your life.
What Are the Types of Medical Malpractice?
Since there are many kinds of healthcare professionals, medical malpractice can happen in myriad of ways. Common types of medical malpractice that we handle include the following:
- Surgical Error. A surgeon can make a mistake during a surgery that damages vital organs or nerves. They could also perform the wrong surgery, perform wrong-site surgery (like operating on the wrong limb), or leave surgical tools or sponges in the patient after the surgery. These mistakes can cause painful injuries that may require another surgery to fix.
- Misdiagnosis. Doctors may think the symptoms point to one illness and start treatment for that, but the patient has another illness that isn’t being treated.
- Failure to Diagnose. Whereas competent doctors would have recognized the patient’s symptoms as a certain illness, a negligent doctor may not give the patient a diagnosis even though they have enough evidence to do so.
- Prescription Error. There may be an issue with similar sounding prescriptions or the wrong dosage, which can be life threatening to patients.
- Misreading Tests or X-rays. Valuable information about a patient’s health comes from tests or X-rays. Doctors that ignore or misread these tests can cause more harm to their patient.
- Failure to Inform Patient. Before undergoing a procedure or treatment, the surgeon or doctor should inform the patient of what’s going to happen and the risks. The patient has to give informed consent. They can’t give this consent if information is withheld from them.
- Birth Injuries. If doctors make mistakes during the birthing process, the baby could have permanent health issues for the rest of his/her life.
- Defective Medical Products. There’s a chance that if medical malpractice occurred, it may not be the medical professional’s fault. A defective medical device may have caused the injury or complication. In this case, the manufacturer may be liable.
These aren’t the only kinds of malpractice. If you’re wondering if you have a valid claim, you should meet with one of our medical malpractice attorneys.
How Do Medical Errors Occur?
You’re probably well aware of the extensive training and hard work it takes to work in medical care. You may be wondering how something like a misdiagnosis or prescription error could happen in the first place. Many medical malpractice cases could be a result of overworked staff who are trying to keep up with everything, but this isn’t an excuse for you to suffer because they made a mistake.
Medical malpractice can happen because of the following:
- Negligence. A medical professional could make a mistake or could be unprepared to do their job that day. There could be instances of someone being under the influence of alcohol or drugs and still trying to do their job.
- Poor Record Keeping. Patients may switch from nurses, doctors, and specialists. Their records need to have accurate information so the medical professional can administer the best care possible. Details that don’t make it to the records or sloppy record keeping could put patients at risk.
- Miscommunication. Hospital staff need to communicate clearly so everyone is on the same page and the patient gets the care they need. When someone in charge isn’t informed about the patient, they may do something that harms the patient.
When the hospital isn’t in sync, then mistakes will happen and patients will suffer. Your lawyer may look at the protocols and policies of the hospital to see if your injury was caused by something like a clerical error.
What Does Your Medical Malpractice Claim Need?
A claim needs the following criteria for it to be valid. Failing to prove one of the points or not following the standard procedure for these claims could mean your claim would get denied. The lawyers at McMath Woods P.A. know how to show these points to make your claim successful.
- Medical Standard of Care. Medical professionals owe their patients a standard of care. If another doctor who had similar training and worked in a similar position would have acted differently than the medical professional that caused an injury, then the patient’s doctor didn’t meet the standard of care.
- Prove Doctor Patient Relationship. You need to show that you went to the doctor and they agreed to treat you.
- Then, you need to prove how the doctor acted negligently. This could be them ignoring obvious symptoms of a certain disease or not telling you about risks with a procedure.
- Connect Negligence to Injuries. Your injuries were caused by this negligence. You can also include how these injuries are affecting your life, like inability to work or difficulty performing daily tasks.
Many personal injury claims have to be filed within the statute of limitations. In Arkansas, you have two years from the date of the injury to file your claim. Contacting your lawyer as soon as possible will give them time to get evidence and can proceed with your case. You’ll also have most details about your case fresh in your mind.
Get Help from an Arkansas Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you’ve been injured because of medical malpractice in Arkansas, the lawyers at McMath Woods P.A. will make sure your voice is heard. You won’t have to worry about harassing calls from the insurance company or the other party trying to get you to settle for less than what you’re owed. We’ll work tirelessly to help you get the compensation you need.
You deserve peace of mind that someone is looking out for your best interests. Get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation. You’ll speak with one of our medical malpractice lawyers in Little Rock about the merits of your case and determine which course of action is appropriate for you.