Medical Practice Lawyers in Lafayette

It isn’t unusual for people to fear the possibility of gun violence. Statistically, though, your doctor is far more likely to kill you than any firearm; about 200,000 people die in the United States each year due to preventable medical errors.

When a person is injured or dies as a result of seeking medical treatment, medical malpractice isn’t the only possible cause. If you believe that a doctor’s negligence caused harm to a loved one, a medical malpractice attorney can review your case.

Medical malpractice can lead to a poor outcome in treatment, extreme pain, permanent injury and even death. You are entitled by law to make a medical malpractice claim when a doctor’s negligence causes harm.

No one deserves to suffer alone. When you hire a Lafayette medical malpractice attorney, you’ll have someone at your side who will protect your interests, inform you of your rights and help you understand the possible benefits that you may receive. Having a medical malpractice professional at your side can make even the bleakest situation a little easier to bear.

It isn’t easy to trust your physical well-being with another person. However, a medical professional has an obligation to provide the best possible care to every patient. When you place your trust in a physician, you expect to be treated with the highest level of professionalism. When a physician or medical facility doesn’t meet that standard, you or a loved one may suffer. If you believe that a medical practitioner hasn’t given you the proper medical care, you need to consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who can provide the expertise and knowledge of the matter at hand.

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What Is Medical Malpractice?

If a medical professional commits an avoidable error that results in injury or death, medical malpractice has occurred. Medical negligence covers situations in which a medical practitioner fails to intervene when something goes wrong. When a medical problem calls for a specific treatment, treating the condition in an incorrect way can cause the condition to grow worse. It could even result in the patient’s death.

Medical malpractice also covers cases in which a patient is harmed during routine care or surgery. Some patients, for example, are allergic to certain drugs. Administering the wrong prescription drug to a patient with an allergy could result in a severe reaction — and potentially cause the patient’s death. If a patient informs a medical facility of a drug allergy and receives the drug anyway, a court may award the victim compensation to pay for his or her pain, suffering, and medical bills. If you received a drug after informing a facility of your allergy, contact a Lafayette medical malpractice lawyer to determine how much compensation you may receive. To build the strongest case possible, contact an attorney immediately after the incident. The stronger your case is, the greater the likelihood is that you will receive financial compensation.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

  • Surgical Errors: During surgery, a patient is completely vulnerable and has no say in his or her care. Many things can go wrong during surgery. For example, a nurse could make a mistake when recording a patient’s medical history. The patient could receive the wrong amount or type of anesthetic agent. The operating surgeon could make a mistake. Errors are even possible during post-operative recovery. Physicians who perform surgical procedures receive some of the highest salaries in the field of medicine. If they commit errors, the results can be catastrophic.
  • Failure to Diagnose a Problem: With many medical conditions, early diagnosis can significantly increase a patient’s chance of surviving — or even recovering fully. On the other hand, late diagnosis limits the patient’s treatment options and can even reduce the patient’s chance of recovery. If a doctor fails to diagnose a condition such as cancer, heart attack or stroke, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Broussard & Hart, L.L.C.
  • Birth Injury: An injury to the baby or mother can quickly turn a joyous event into a nightmare — and if obstetric malpractice causes harm, the victim deserves compensation.

The Reality of Medical Malpractice Claims

When medical malpractice occurs, receiving financial compensation doesn’t make the pain and grief go away. However, physical pain or the grief of the loss of a loved one aren’t the only ways in which the victim suffers when malpractice occurs. Medical malpractice can lead to lost wages, mounting medical bills, and damaged credit.

While your case is pending, your Lafayette medical malpractice lawyer will provide you with regular updates regarding the status of your case and benefits. While you focus your energy on recovering, your attorney will also act as your advocate in handling correspondence with insurance companies. If you are a victim of medical malpractice, place your trust in our experienced team of lawyers.

Medical Negligence Compensation

A medical malpractice case may entitle the victim to receive actual damages and/or general damages. The primary goal in calculating damages is to make restitution for the victim’s losses and make him or her as “whole” as possible. The damages should compensate the victim for calculable financial losses as well as losses that aren’t monetary in nature.

Actual damages seek to compensate the victim for financial losses. In a malpractice case, for example, the victim often accrues bills for specialist visits, hospital stays, medical equipment and medications. The victim often misses work and loses income. The victim may need to hire nursing assistance or purchase medical equipment such as a wheelchair or crutches. If the victim has a lengthy recovery period ahead, medical costs and lost wages will continue to pile up. All of these measurable financial losses may qualify the victim for compensation in the form of actual damages.

General damages compensate the victim for losses that do not relate directly to his or her finances. Medical malpractice often results in physical pain and suffering, for example. It may also lead to high stress, anxiety, and mental anguish. Malpractice can leave the victim disfigured, reduce the enjoyment of life and in some cases, the victim may find it difficult to enjoy the benefits of marriage. All of these damages are very real to the victim, even if it isn’t possible to measure them in absolute dollar amounts.

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact Broussard & Hart, L.L.C. for help. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers is ready to help residents of Lafayette receive the compensation that they deserve. Call us now for a free consultation. Due to statutory laws, timing is key when filing a medical malpractice claim. Contact us immediately to avoid losing your opportunity to seek compensation.

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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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