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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose our law firm to handle your medical malpractice claim?

Our law firm has dedicated itself to helping seriously injured victims of medical malpractice- that is what we do. Regarding qualifications and experience, our law firm is one of the few law firms in the United States where all the lawyers are board certified physicians or doctors (trained in areas of medicine including gastroenterology, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, and various surgical procedures). As a firm, we have over 40 years of combined experience in medical malpractice law and over 40 years of combined experience in the practice of medicine. By utilizing the knowledge and experience we have accumulated over the years, we believe we are able to obtain the best possible result for our clients in each and every case we handle. Because of our dual background in medicine and law, there are medical malpractice cases we become involved with as co-counsel through the invitation of other well-respected law firms. We also become involved in many cases with seriously injured clients who have previously been turned down by another law firm, so please do not hesitate to immediately contact us if that is your situation.

What is a medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice claims involve law suits against health care providers such as doctors, hospitals, and nurses. In order to prove a case involving medical malpractice, the plaintiff (victim) must be able to prove four things: 1) that the health care provider owed the patient a duty of reasonable care, 2) that the health care provider then breached that duty of care (by making an unreasonable mistake), 3) that the breach of care/mistake is what caused or substantially contributed to the patient’s damages or injuries, and 4) the existence, amount, or severity of the patient’s damages or injuries that were caused by the breach of care.

What are the most common types of cases in the area of medical malpractice?

The most common case is a “failure to diagnose” or a “delay in diagnosis” of a serious medical condition such as infection, abscess, blood clot, embolism, aneurysm, nerve compression, heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc. These cases result when x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, blood work, clinical tests, and tissue biopsies are not timely ordered or interpreted properly by the health care provider. The second most common case is a surgical error such as inadvertently severing an important nerve during surgery, or improper surgical planning or technique. The third most common case may be medication errors including improper dosage, allergic conditions, or administering the wrong drug.

What does “no attorneys fees or costs unless a recovery is made” mean to clients of the firm?

Our law firm represents clients on a contingent fee basis. This means our clients do not have to pay any attorneys fee or costs unless we make a recovery for them. We do it this way because most clients can not afford to pay for the expense of medical malpractice litigation.

What is medical malpractice involving a delay in diagnosis of cancer?

This may occur when a patient displays signs or symptoms indicative of cancer, but the doctor negligently fails to diagnose the cancer on a timely basis, or make a timely referral to the appropriate medical specialist for diagnosis- thereby causing a delay in diagnosis of a significant period of time (usually about a year or more). This unfortunate time delay gives the undiagnosed cancer time to enlarge or spread to the patient’s lymph nodes and other organs- thereby significantly decreasing the patient’s chance of survival and the effectiveness of treatment at the time when the cancer is eventually diagnosed.

What is medical malpractice involving a delay in diagnosis of a heart attack?

This may occur when a patient reports to the doctor with chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heart beat, etc. Notwithstanding, the doctor fails to consider the patient’s risk factors, fails to order or perform the appropriate diagnostic testing, and/or fails to thoroughly investigate the areas and degree of physical pain the patient is having. If a diagnosis of heart attack is made, certain drugs may need to be given and procedures started without delay to minimize heart damage. Failure to do so may constitute malpractice and may lead to loss of life or permanent heart damage.

Your child has suffered a birth injury, why choose our law firm?

Cases involving birth injury are complex and involve an understanding of an area of medicine called obstetrics which deals with pregnancy, labor, and delivery. As an example, the recognition of fetal distress during the birthing process and proper c-section protocol are important issues in the majority of birth injury cases. Regarding qualifications in this area of medical malpractice, our firm is one of the few law firms in the country where all the lawyers are board certified physicians or doctors- this includes an attorney who is also an MD who is board certified in the area of obstetrics and gynecology and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and has practiced medicine in this specialty for 18 years.  Our firm handles birth injury cases including brain injury, cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, infection, sepsis, and death.

You have a serious injury due to surgical error, why choose our law firm?

When surgeons unfortunately make errors during surgery, an understanding of the surgical standard of care that applies is necessary to ascertain whether the error constituted malpractice or not. Surgical standards of care in medicine vary depending on the type of surgery that was performed. As an example, the protocol for standard of care in brain surgery may not be the same or relate to the protocol for standard of care in a total hip replacement. Regarding our qualifications in understanding standard of care surgical cases, one of our attorneys is an MD who is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology; and an attorney who is a doctor of dental surgery. Additionally, our firm has over 40 years of combined experience in medicine and the practice of law.

You have been diagnosed with cancer and feel it should have been diagnosed a lot sooner, why choose our law firm?

Our law firm has years of experience with a lot of very unfortunate cancer cases and strives to represent cancer victims with the sensitivity and compassion that they deserve. Depending on the type of cancer involved, one or more of our malpractice lawyers should be familiar with the medical and legal issues in your case. For cases involving cancer of the skin, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum and lungs, our firm has an attorney who is also an MD who is a board certified physician trained in the area of internal medicine and gastroenterology. For cases involving cancer of the breast, uterus, cervix, ovary, kidney, and bladder, our firm has an attorney who is an MD who is a board certified physician trained in the area of obstetrics and gynecology. For cases involving cancer of the tongue, cheek, lip, salivary gland, tonsil, and jaw, our firm has an attorney trained in the area of dental surgery.

What are some of the more common types of cases of nursing home neglect?

Nursing home neglect cases that are common include claims of inadequate medical care, failure to prevent falls and fractures, allowing bed sores or pressure sores to develop, untreated urinary tract infections resulting in sepsis, physical abuse by staff or other residents of the nursing home, and failure to prevent patients with dementia from wandering off the premises.

Points of Pride

  • One of the few medical malpractice law firms in the United States where all the lawyers are board certified physicians or doctors
  • Over 40 years of combined experience in medical malpractice law
  • Our lawyers are board certified or trained in various medical specialties: internal medicine, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, and dental surgery
  • Other well-respected law firms throughout the country have consulted with our firm on medical malpractice cases involving serious injury
  • Our law firm will consider medical malpractice claims that have been previously declined by other law firms

IN ADDITION

  • We offer free initial case evaluation
  • No fees or costs to you unless we make a recovery
  • Experienced representation with compassion and integrity
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