Reno Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical professionals, hospitals and other health care providers are required to uphold reasonable standards of care for their patients. Their failure to do so can result in injuries or illnesses that can greatly impact the lives of victims. When it is determined that their negligence played a role in causing damage to a patient, victims can file medical malpractice claims that will hold responsible health care providers liable for their actions. Claims can also allow victims to recover monetary compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages they suffered.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is the failure to provide treatment or care that meets acceptable ethical and professional standards of practice established by the medical community. These failures, negligent actions or careless behaviors can result in injuries and illnesses that could have otherwise been prevented. Some cases can also result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Some common examples of medical malpractice include:
Whether they affect mothers or newborns, birth injuries can be devastating and emotionally traumatizing experiences. Failing to anticipate complications, hemorrhaging, cerebral palsy and facial paralysis are a few examples of medical errors and birth injuries.
Misdiagnosis is an incredibly prevalent medical error. Falsely identifying a medical condition can result in harmful treatment and prescriptions that a patient does not require. Diagnostic errors account for a majority of medical malpractice claims.
Failure to Diagnose
Failing to diagnose a medical condition can result in delayed treatment and serious and fatal consequences. Failing to recognize medically standard symptoms and warning signs, especially in cases involving cancer, are grounds for medical malpractice claims, depending on the situation.
Unsafe or improper administration, improper doses, use of incorrect medication, and failures of doctors to prescribe medications safely and reasonably are some examples of medication error. Mistakes involving medications both in and outside of hospitals can result in injuries and illnesses.
As surprising as it may sound, surgical errors still occur with alarming regularity. Operating on the wrong organ or body part and leaving surgical instruments inside of patients are examples of negligent surgical errors. Surgical error is often attributed to naturally occurring complications, making proof of negligence and liability difficult.
Emergency Room Error
As emergency rooms are fast paced and highly stressful environments, error is common. Misinterpreting x-rays, diagnostic errors, delays or refusals of treatment, failing to monitor patients and inappropriate discharges are common emergency room errors.
Successful Medical Negligence Claims
Medical malpractice claims can be incredibly complex. Aside from dense legislation, highly technical medical information and numerous health and safety regulations, malpractice claims are also aggressively disputed by health care providers that have extensive amounts of resources at their disposal. Our attorneys use their 85 years of combined experience to intelligently compile the essential elements of medical malpractice claims and to aggressively fight for victims in court.
As in personal injury claims, success is hinged on proving fault. Proving the fault or negligence of a nurse, doctor, hospital or health care provider is both essential and difficult. The elements of a successful case include
- Establishing that a legal duty existed between health care provider and patient
- Evidence that the provider failed to meet duty and acceptable standards of care
- Proving that their failure caused an injury or illness
- Presenting the damages suffered by the victim
With more than $100 million in compensation recovered for clients since 1997, you can be confident that Shook & Stone has the experience, legal knowledge and dedication needed to help you obtain full and fair compensation.
Fighting to Protect Injured Victims
At Shook & Stone, we strongly believe that all health care providers and medical professionals should be held liable for the injuries and illnesses their negligence caused. We also use our exceptional legal skills and personal commitment to ensure that victims receive the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact our firm today.