When you sustain physical harm at the hands of a medical professional you trust to care for you, you may feel hopeless and betrayed. Whether your injury leads to temporary or permanent disability or impairment, you can benefit from the services of a medical malpractice lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Malpractice in medicine occurs when a doctor, nurse, dentist, or any healthcare professional demonstrates does not withhold the acceptable and standard practices of their profession through negligence, commission or oversight, and causes harm to a patient. Examples may include:
- A surgeon who leaves a tool inside a patient’s body
- A doctor who jeopardizes a patient’s prognosis by failing to diagnose a serious condition
- A doctor who misreads lab results and prescribes no treatment or the wrong treatment
- A doctor who prescribes medication dosages that are too high
You must prove that a negative outcome directly results from a healthcare provider’s action or inaction.
How Can a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help?
Most malpractice lawyers focus on specific malpractice categories such as mistakes during surgery, injuries during birth, or elder abuse at nursing homes. Specialization gives them keen insight into the particular laws that your case may involve.
Your lawyer serves as a civil litigator who can analyze your case’s merits, draft paperwork to initiate your claim, interview and depose medical professionals, seek supporting medical opinions, and perform medical research relating to your injury. Your lawyer can also propose the best legal strategy for pursuing the most significant damages for your claim and advise if settling out-of-court or litigating your lawsuit will be most beneficial. Medical malpractice lawyers take care of all administrative and strategic details so that you can focus on your health.
How Will I Pay for Medical Malpractice Legal Representation?
Most clients do not have the money to pay a lawyer’s hourly fee and may even lose some or all of their income if they are no longer able to work. Malpractice lawyers work on a contingency basis and take a percentage of their clients’ final settlement or damage award as payment for their services.
Some lawyers may require a small retainer upfront to cover various administrative costs relating to a case, but they usually subtract it from their final fee.
Do you think a trusted medical professional is responsible for your injury or health condition? Contact a medical malpractice lawyer to find out if you can pursue damages. Contact Greenspan & Greenspan P.C. today to schedule a free consultation.