Healthcare providers have an obligation to provide patients with acceptable care and treatment. If a mistake occurs due to the negligence of a medical professional, he or she may be able to be held liable.
If you have been injured or lost someone you love because of a negligent healthcare provider, our Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys can help. We have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients in cases of medical malpractice. Each new prospective client is provided with a free initial review of his or her claim and will receive our experienced and dedicated legal services for no charge unless damages are awarded.
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Why Hire Our Attorneys?
Cases of medical malpractice are difficult because they require a distinct understanding of the law surrounding medical care. It takes an attorney with an in-depth knowledge of both fields to know when an injury or death was caused by a medical practitioner’s error.
Our Charlotte medical malpractice lawyers have decades of experience representing victims and families who have been affected by negligent healthcare providers. We have represented victims of personal injury and medical malpractice for more than two decades and recently recovered a $1.68 million verdict in a medical negligence case.
We take every claim of medical malpractice seriously and will work to build a strong case on your behalf if you have a case. This can include:
- Conducting a thorough investigation into the treatment you received, the medical staff who treated you, and the hospital or healthcare center that provided your treatment.
- Consulting with experts within the medical community to identify the full extent of your injuries and determine if the at-fault party was negligent in treating you.
- Examining the evidence of your case, including any documents detailing past medical histories, hospital records, admittance forms and doctors’ notes.
The Nye Law Group’s Charlotte law office is conveniently located within three miles of Charlotte’s major hospitals, including Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Carloina’s HealthCare System Universityl and Carolina’s Medical Center. Whether you were injured while under the care of one of these medical centers or others, we will thoroughly review your claim to determine if you have a case.
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What is Medical Malpractice?
If a patient is injured by a medical professional during treatment or surgery, he or she may have a medical malpractice claim. However, there are certain facts that must be proven in order to have a medical malpractice claim. These includes:
- Patient/doctor relationship: In order to successfully file a malpractice lawsuit, a patient must be able to prove that he or she was a patient of the doctor. The medical professional must have been hired by the patient and agreed to perform a procedure. Medical professionals can only be sued if this relationship has been recognized and the accident occurred within the range of his or her duties.
- Duty of care: Medical professionals are required to provide their services within the accepted standards of the medical community. Doctors, nurses, surgeons and other healthcare providers have a legal obligation to care for a patient as another member of their field would under the same circumstances.
- Breach of Duty: A medical professional must have breached the duty of care he or she owed to the patient in order to be held liable for an injury or death. The practitioner must have failed to act as a similarly trained member of his or her medical field would have in a similar situation.
- Causation: The victim must be able to prove the medical practitioner’s breach of duty was the direct cause of the injury or death. This can be proven through medical records and testimony from medical experts in the same field. There must be a direct relationship between the plaintiff’s injury and the doctor’s negligence.
- Damages: The injury caused by the medical professional’s negligence must have amounted to either physical or economic damage to the patient. In order for the victim to be able to file a lawsuit, he or she must be able to prove that the injury caused them to have additional medical bills, damage to their future earning potential, or that they experienced pain and suffering because of the medical practitioner’s negligence.
Our Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys will help you compile and organize evidence that establishes a patient/doctor relationship and demonstrates that the level of care you received fell below accepted standards.
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Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Cover
Medical Malpractice covers a broad range of medical errors and healthcare incompetence. Our Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys are seasoned and experienced in areas including:
A hospital can become the subject of a medical malpractice claim if it hires staff who are incompetent or unqualified, ignores a patient’s needs, fails to provide a sanitary and efficient medical environment, or misuses or fails to provide necessary medical equipment.
Hospitals are responsible for the staff members under its employment and are charged with running background checks to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are hired. If the institution fails to live up to this expectation, it may be possible to hold it accountable for any accidents that occur.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
Giving an incorrect diagnosis or failing to diagnosis a condition can lead to devastating consequences and may worsen the condition of a patient or lead to death. A medical practitioner may misdiagnose a patient by:
- Failing to listen to the patient
- Failing to recognize symptoms
- Neglecting a patient’s medical history
- Conducting the wrong test
- Incorrectly interpreting test results
Injuries caused by a misdiagnosis often leave a patient in extreme pain or discomfort and can cause long-lasting or permanent damage that may require corrective procedures and rehabilitation.
Improper use of anesthesia can result in serious injuries or death of the patient. Examples of negligence commonly seen among anesthesiologists include:
- Administering the incorrect drug
- Administering multiple drugs that react negatively when mixed
- Injecting a patient with the incorrect dosage
- Failing to ask about a patient’s allergies
- Neglecting to monitor a patient’s vital signs
- Failing to act upon changes in a patient’s vital signs
- Administering anesthesia at the wrong time
- Neglecting to properly instruct a patient regarding the anesthesia process
Administering anesthesia is an extremely complicated and dangerous process that can result in a horrible tragedy if the slightest error is made. Anesthesiologists can be held liable if it can be proven that their negligence caused a patient’s injury or death.
Emergency Room Errors
Medical professionals who work in a hospital’s emergency room are held to a high standard due to the critical conditions of the patients who are admitted. If an error occurs, victims or families may be entitled to compensation for any injuries or death that can be attributed to mistakes that include:
- Medication errors
- Neglecting to monitor a patient post-treatment
- Failing to recognize or treat postoperative infections
- Misinterpreting test results, medical charts or x-rays
- Providing an unsanitary operating environment
- Making surgical errors
Any act of negligence that occurs in a hospital’s ER can lead to serious injuries or death.
Contact our Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys if you or a loved one was injured after receiving medical treatment from an ER staff.
After a patient undergoes an operation, he or she should be monitored by the medical staff to identify any complications that were caused by the surgery and to ensure a successful recovery process. This includes monitoring a patient’s vital signs, instructing the patient on postoperative activities, providing a regimen to support recovery, and prescribing medications and any additional treatment.
The postoperative process is vital to a patient’s recovery, and any act of negligence can lead to devastating conditions and illnesses, including:
- Infections including respiratory infections, surgical infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and staph infections
- Internal bleeding
- Organ perforation
Patients should receive proper postoperative care and monitoring that ensures a healthy recovery. Injuries and deaths that result from inadequate treatment may require a Charlotte medical malpractice attorney to help file a lawsuit.
Our Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys handle several forms of malpractice and can help you recover the compensation you may be entitled.
Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form to provide the details of your claim.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
We understand that sudden, unexpected injuries or death caused by a negligent medical error can be difficult for the victim and their family. That is why our Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients.
By filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, we may be able to help our clients recover much-needed compensation, including:
- Medical bills for additional surgeries or treatment
- Lost wages from missed time at work
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
If you are attempting to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is important to know that North Carolina has certain restrictions in place that make it imperative for victims and families to act quickly.
In North Carolina, there is a three year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim that starts from the date that your injury occurred or that you first discovered your injury. If you wait to file a claim outside of this time-frame, you will lose your opportunity to file a claim for compensation.
If an act of medical malpractice resulted in the victim’s death, the surviving family has two years to file a wrongful death claim in North Carolina.
Our Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys will be able to answer any questions you may have. Do not hesitate to contact us.
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Contact Our Charlotte Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical malpractice claims can turn into complicated lawsuits that require extensive knowledge and dedication in order to prove liability. The Nye law Group’s Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys are well-known as strong advocates for the rights of injured victims and their families. If you have a claim that demands justice, we can help.
Call 855-856-4212 to speak with a Charlotte medical malpractice lawyer.
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