Decades Of Experience Fighting Back Against Physician And Hospital Negligence
Medical professionals are individuals in society who we entrust with our lives. When a doctor or other medical professional does not perform their job or duties correctly, either due to negligence or omission, the result can be disastrous for the patient. If you think that a doctor acted in a way that was negligent and you or a family member were injured as a result of their actions or inactions, or if a medical condition worsened because of the action or inaction of that doctor, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Germany Law Firm PLLC, our founding attorney has been handling these types of personal injury claims for more than 40 years. We have the skill, experience and resources needed to maximize your chances of a successful outcome in your medical malpractice lawsuit.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
While it is underreported, medical malpractice happens every day, threatening the health and well-being of countless Americans. Common types of medical malpractice include:
Birth injuries: Childbirth can be a time of extreme anxiety and confusion. Many mothers fear for the health of their babies as well as their own health if an unplanned C-section surgery is necessary. Sadly, umbilical cord prolapse requiring C-sections, as well as other procedures conducted during the high-stress time of birth, can lead to complications that sometimes result in severe injury to the baby, the mother or both.
Misdiagnosis: A misdiagnosis of a medical condition or disease can lead to injury or even death. These cases often involve two factors: a doctor misdiagnosing a disease and/or a lab test error.
Delayed diagnosis: A delayed diagnosis can be just as serious as a misdiagnosis, particularly for life-threatening conditions like cancer, stroke and heart attack. If a person’s condition worsened because of a delayed diagnosis, they may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for their injuries and losses.
Surgical errors: Surgical errors, including unnecessary surgery, are another all-too-common form of medical malpractice. Some are egregious, such as conducting surgery on the wrong knee or leaving a medical instrument in the body. However, less sensational errors, such as perforation of an organ or overuse of anesthesia, can still cause damaging problems.
Medication errors: Prescribing the wrong medication, giving the wrong dose or failing to anticipate dangerous drug interactions could all lead to serious patient harm.
Failure to monitor: Careful monitoring is critical after surgery, in the ER or at other times when the patient’s health is precarious. When hospital staffers pay inadequate attention or respond slowly to emergencies, they can sometimes be held liable for malpractice.
Not all poor outcomes are a sign of malpractice. Patients can suffer harm or die even when doctors do everything right. To prove medical malpractice, you must show that you suffered harm because a doctor was negligent and violated what’s known as the “standard of care,” or the level of care that most reasonable medical professionals would provide under the same circumstances.
Special Considerations For Medical Malpractice Lawsuits In Mississippi
In order to file a medical malpractice suit in Mississippi, you must obtain a “Certificate of Consultation.” This certificate states that at least one medical professional has declared that the victim suffered from the actions of a negligent doctor or other health care providers.
Time limits are another complicating factor. Unlike a car accident, when the need for a lawyer is often clear, medical malpractice cases can take time to become apparent. Unfortunately, medical malpractice in Mississippi is under a tight statute of limitations. Generally, victims must file their claim within two years of the malpractice or the date on which the malpractice became known to the victim (called “reasonable diligence”). There are some exceptions to this two-year deadline, but in most cases, you should plan to file your malpractice suit as soon as you’ve realized that malpractice has taken place.
In order to navigate the statute of limitations and other provisions related to your medical malpractice lawsuit, it’s essential that you obtain the guidance of a competent, experienced Mississippi medical malpractice lawyer like Bob Germany. When you hire our firm, you can be assured that your case is in the hands of someone who knows how to work with the medical corporations, insurance companies, and other parties who may be involved in your case in order to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Count On Us For Trusted, Trial-Tested Representation
When you suffer physically due to the incompetence or negligence of a medical professional you trusted, the damage can be emotional as well. Many victims of medical malpractice find themselves dealing with anger, shame, and regret following the realization that they have not been given the expected standard of care.
Our firm offers highly skilled medical malpractice representation backed by more than 40 years of Mississippi personal injury law experience. While we can’t give you back the time you’ve lost or take away the pain you’ve experienced, a medical malpractice lawsuit can provide you with compensation to cover the costs of your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We want to help provide you with a sense of justice. Call our office in Jackson at 601-812-5524 or reach out online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.