MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYERS
The odds of being killed by a negligent doctor are eight times greater than the odds of being killed by a drunk driver; in the United States, preventable medical errors cause around 200,000 deaths each year.
Not every unfortunate outcome qualifies as medical malpractice, but if you suspect that physician or hospital negligence caused a life-changing or fatal injury to a member of your family, you need a Lake Charles medical malpractice attorney with the appropriate experience to review your case. Medical mistakes can make your prognosis worse, cause pain and cause permanent injury.
If this happens to you or someone in your family, you can hold your healthcare provider responsible by making a medical negligence claim.
The Lake Charles medical malpractice lawyers at Broussard & Hart L.L.C. have three decades of experience representing medical malpractice victims. Our attorneys can help you get medical records, find expert witnesses, negotiate with insurance companies and put together a strong case.
Your Rights as a Victim of Medical Negligence
Doctors don’t have to be perfect. They do have to provide reasonable care. If your doctor did not live up to this obligation, you have the right to make a claim for compensation. Medical negligence claims can arise due to:
- Failure to diagnose breast, lung, bone, or prostate cancer, heart attack, stroke, spinal fracture, infection, or another treatable condition, or an incorrect diagnosis
- Delayed diagnosis
- Anesthesia Error
- Botched treatment
- Surgical errors, including laparoscopic surgery errors, lasik surgery errors, operating on the wrong body part, leaving a surgical instrument in the patient, and anesthesia errors
- Emergency room errors, failure to provide inpatient care, failure to refer patients to specialists
- Hospital negligence in staffing, and nursing errors
- Medication errors
- Laboratory errors
- Surgical mistakes
- Leaving a surgical instrument inside of a patient
- Operating on the wrong patient or the wrong body part
- Anesthesia injuries
- Birth injuries, including forceps injuries, shoulder dystocia, and cerebral palsy
- Failure to perform tests or accurately interpret test results
Any health provider can be held responsible for mistakes that harm patients. This can include primary care physicians, anesthesiologists, chiropractors, dentists, psychiatrists and others who have a professional obligation to provide quality medical care.
Victims of medical negligence can also sue hospitals and health centers. Sometimes, these facilities fail patients because they don’t have policies in place to protect patient health. Healthcare facilities are also responsible for the actions of employees on the job. This means if a doctor hurts you, you can sue the physician and the hospital where the doctor works.
How to Find a Good Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice cases are complicated. Victims have to show a jury that the healthcare provider offered substandard care, and that the poor care led to an adverse outcome. Most juries don’t know the ins-and-outs of providing medical treatment. Many serious diseases also have negative outcomes regardless of what a doctor does. A physician can argue that his actions had no effect on your health outcomes, even if the doctor did make a mistake.
You need an experienced malpractice attorney who can put medical concepts into laymen’s terms and who has a network of experts who can testify about how treatment mistakes hurt you. Broussard & Hart L.L.C. attorneys know medical malpractice claims inside-and-out. We will negotiate with medical malpractice insurers on your behalf or present your case in court.
Medical Negligence Compensation
The goal is to help you obtain full and fair compensation for all damages due to the medical negligence including:
- Additional treatment costs
- Loss of wages, income or future earnings
- Pain and suffering caused by the medical error
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death damages including the loss of the deceased’s companionship
Every claim is different and the outcome of your case depends upon your situation; however hiring a knowledgeable attorney is the smart choice when you are the victim of medical malpractice. Visit our Information Center for advice and resources about personal injury law. Call Broussard & Hart L.L.C. today to schedule a consultation.
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Our attorneys will review your case and represent you throughout your medical malpractice claim. Contact Broussard & Hart L.L.C. today for help pursuing a medical malpractice settlement. Your first consultation is free and we won’t charge fees unless money is recovered.
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