What to Know Before you File a Lawsuit
Many law firms hesitate to take on the challenges involved in a medical malpractice case. These cases are costly and require in-depth medical and legal knowledge to effectively litigate. To file a lawsuit, you must collect appropriate medical records and submit legal papers. At McIntyre Law, we have the resources and experience needed to take on medical doctors’ insurance companies and the experts they use to try to avoid liability when medical negligence has occurred. Our attorneys have a proven history of effectively litigating medical malpractice cases and are here to help you and your loved ones.
What is a contingency fee?
When a lawyer works on a “contingency fee” basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any monetary rewards from your lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there are no rewards from your medical malpractice case, you don’t pay the lawyer. We get paid if, and only if, you do.
The Statute of Limitations for a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Once a medical error occurs, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations on your medical malpractice lawsuit depends on the state where you live, and your specific situation. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you figure out if you’re eligible.
What compensation can I get from a medical malpractice lawsuit?
If you or a family member is the victim of medical malpractice, the courts will award compensation based on the unique experience and life situation of the victim. Types of compensation include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost and future wages
Working with McIntyre Law
Honesty, hard work and compassion are the hallmarks of McIntyre Law lawyers. We strive to provide the best legal representation to medical malpractice victims while adhering to a strict code of ethics. We pledge to keep the victim’s best interests in mind and make the legal process as painless as possible for the injured and their family. At McIntyre Law, you will get the full attention of our lawyers and have unabated access to our lawyers at anytime.
Do you have a case for a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Medical malpractice can be a scary concept. For one thing, you could be dealing with an ailment that requires ongoing treatment. Second, you might be hesitant to raise the question of medical malpractice with your physician. Especially if it’s a physician whom you trust and who you’ve been seeing for many years, it could seem implausible that malpractice could have occurred, or even embarrassing to inquire about.
Medical malpractice is based on a doctor’s failure to diagnose a condition, misdiagnosis, medication errors, negligent behavior or mistakes during treatment or procedures, or mistakes during childbirth. However, if you or a loved one has suffered or continues to suffer because of a medical provider’s mistakes, you’re entitled to compensation. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at McIntyre Law, P.C. can help you to get it.
If you think that you’re a victim of medical malpractice, don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions, and if something doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion. While we all like to have a provider with whom we feel comfortable and have a long-standing relationship, your health is too important for you to look the other way if you think that something has been mishandled. Call us, and we can give you the guidance you need for your next steps in assessing what can be a tricky and painful situation.
Meet our Medical Malpractice Attorneys
When you work with McIntyre Law, you’re getting an experienced team of law professionals who want to make sure you’re equally represented in your medical malpractice lawsuit.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined as an act or omission by a health care provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or wrongful death to the patient. Typical areas in which medical malpractice occurs may involve surgical mistakes, brain injuries, birth injuries, physician impairment, emergency room error, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis of cancer or other serious diseases.
Working with a team of medical experts, our medical malpractice attorneys will help you determine whether a medical professional has deviated from the recognized standards of care that result in serious injuries or death to patients.
Medical malpractice can have serious consequences for those who survive. It is typical to see long-term health damage that may require a lifetime of care due to medical malpractice. Our team of attorneys is prepared to fight and help you or your loved one get the best care and treatment he or she deserves.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
In 2012, over $3 billion was spent in medical malpractice payouts, which averages to one payout every 43 minutes. Here are some of the most common mistakes that led to payouts.
Surgical errors: There are standards in surgery that exist to protect the patients and those standards must be adhered to by medical professionals. Typically, surgical errors happen when your health care professional fails to provide you with the appropriate standard of care and makes errors prior to, during, or after your surgery.
Mistaken or failed diagnosis: When a doctor or provider fails to recognize a set of symptoms that indicates a serious condition, that mistake is medical negligence. Not recognizing the existence potentially fatal disease or condition can cause terrible suffering for a patient, and sometimes even death.
Anesthesia errors: Anesthesiologists play an important role in making sure the patient is medically stable and fit for non-emergency surgery and stable throughout emergency surgery. Anesthesia error can lead to overdose, allergic reaction, pain and awareness during surgery, brain injury, and much more.
Medication errors: According to studies, drug overdoses or wrong medications cause an estimated 7,000 deaths a year. These mistakes are preventable. Many errors occur when medical professionals simply fail to pay attention to the patient’s past medical history, administer the wrong dosage or combine toxic and deadly combination of drugs. Poor packaging and labeling, inadequate policies and procedures by medical facilities, and failure to consider a patient’s medical history are just some of the causes of medication errors.
Birth injuries: Almost seven out of every 1,000 babies in the United States are born with some type of a birth injury. The reasons for these complications vary greatly. They can occur because of a mother’s illness or pre-existing health condition, because of complications during the delivery and sadly even because of medical negligence on the part of doctors, nurses or hospitals.
Emergency room errors: Oklahoma emergency room doctors generally provide excellent care but there are those occasions where medical errors occur that lead to disastrous results for patients. These errors are preventable and are usually the result of the chronic staff shortages that plague hospital emergency rooms. However, staff shortages are not an excuse for neglect.
Doctor impairment injuries: Sadly there are situations where medical professionals have attempted to care for patients while impaired by alcohol, drugs or prescription drugs. The combination of doctor impairment and medical treatment is unjustifiable and usually has disastrous results for the patient. Our Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers are experienced in handling these claims and will fight for accountability with the medical professionals and their employers.