Compassionate Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fighting for Justice
When you’re experiencing a medical emergency or health problem, you trust your doctor and other healthcare professionals to help you recover. While the overwhelming majority of healthcare workers do an incredible job every day, there are unfortunate times when doctors, nurses, and caregivers neglect their duties or make avoidable errors that can lead to further injury, illness, or even death. When this happens, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. If you or someone you love is a victim of improper medical care or medical neglect that led to serious complications, it’s important to have legal representation who will guide you through the complicated process and advocate on your behalf. Led by medical malpractice Attorney, Harry H. Albritton, Jr., our team of experienced legal staff is dedicated to helping you get the settlement you deserve.
Understanding Medical Malpractice
In order for your case to be considered medical malpractice, it must meet three specific criteria.
Violation of the Standard of Care
The standard of care refers to a healthcare provider having the same knowledge, skill, and show the same level of care that aligns with other providers in that field and also with recognized medical standards. If a healthcare provider did not show this knowledge or skill, negligence or malpractice can be established.
Injury or Death Occurred Due to Negligence
Violating the standard of care alone is not malpractice. The outcome of their inattention or inexperience must also cause injury, illness, or death. For example, if a wrong medication is administered, but the patient didn’t have a reaction or suffered an adverse effect, the practitioner can’t be held to a claim of malpractice.
Significant Damages Resulted from Injury
In addition to showing that injury occurred from the incident, the plaintiff has to show that the injury caused severe or long-term damage, including:
- Inability to work/loss of income
- Chronic pain;
- Emotional distress and hardship;
- Significant medical expenses
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Our medical malpractice attorneys have worked on a wide variety of cases. The most common examples of medical negligence or malpractice include:
- Birth injuries that lead to developmental or physical disability;
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Release from medical care too soon
- Lack of follow-up or aftercare
- Prescription errors
- Emergency room errors
- Surgical errors and unnecessary surgery
- Nursing errors
- Procedural errors
- Disregarding or failing to take the patient’s history
Medical Malpractice Settlements
If your case goes before a jury, the amount you receive in your settlement is determined by two main factors:
- Special Damages – These include specific costs related to the incident, including lost wages, medical bills, and estimates of future costs of the injury.
- Non-economic Damages – These include the physical and emotional costs of your injury, such as chronic pain, permanent injury or disability, disfigurement, or emotional trauma.
Punitive damages do fall under non-economic damages, but they’re factored differently. These are specifically awarded to the plaintiff to punish the defendant and are typically only awarded in the most serious, egregious cases.
Why Choose Irons & Irons P.A.?
If improper medical care led to a serious injury or death, having an experienced legal expert on your side can help you get the settlement you are owed. While insurance companies may offer you a settlement, they are banking on your inexperience, fear, and pain, while they are looking out for their profits.
At Irons & Irons P.A., we are dedicated to fighting for our clients, whether we are negotiating a fair settlement or litigating your case so we can hold the responsible parties accountable. Led by Attorney Harry H. Albritton, Jr., our staff includes an experienced team including a registered nurse who is able to analyze medical records and get in-depth insight into your case, plus we have a network of experts who are able to provide valuable information and, if necessary, witness testimony. Above all, you’ll receive personal attention from your attorney, who will walk you through every step of your case and be available for questions and concerns. We understand this is a difficult time and you don’t need to go through it alone.
Contact Our North Carolina Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or a loved one is a victim of medical negligence or malpractice, contact the law office of Irons & Irons P.A. We can provide a free case review and consultation to help you determine your next step. To schedule a consultation, reach out to us at 252-215-3000 or fill out the form below.