When people are injured or ill and seek medical help, they place their trust in the hands of the medical professionals who treat them. Unfortunately, doctors sometimes make mistakes and cause severe injuries or fatalities to their patients. According to researchers from John Hopkins University, medical malpractice is a very pervasive problem. In fact, it is the third leading cause of fatalities in the U.S. An estimated 250,000 people die in the U.S. each year because of medical errors, and many more are injured.
Suffering injuries because of the malpractice of your doctor or other health care professionals can cause worsened symptoms, permanent disabilities, or a poor prognosis. If you have been injured by medical errors, or your loved one died because of a medical mistake, you may want to talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook. We have more than 40 years of experience helping the victims of medical malpractice recover compensation for their losses.
Holding Negligent Physicians Accountable
At the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook, our medical malpractice attorneys understand that doctors, hospitals, and nurses often try to cover up malpractice. When the care that doctors provide falls below the standard of care that is expected of other reasonable doctors in similar cases, the doctors may be held liable for medical malpractice claims. When you hold a doctor accountable for malpractice, you may recover damages to compensate you for your losses. Your claim may also put others on notice about the doctors’ substandard care, which may protect them from medical malpractice.
Our lawyers retain medical experts to review medical records and nurses’ notes so that we can determine whether the doctors’ care fell below their expected standards of care. If your doctor made a mistake that caused you injury, we may agree to accept representation and advocate for you to recover the maximum damages for your losses.
Types of Medical Malpractice
There are many different types of medical malpractice that can occur when you seek treatment. Our lawyers will review your injury and its cause to determine the type of malpractice that may have been committed in your case. Some of the most common types of malpractice include the following:
- Wrong-site surgeries
- Surgeries on the wrong patients
- Other surgical errors
- Medication mistakes
- Failures to diagnose
- Childbirth injuries
- Anesthesia errors
Of these types of malpractice, the leading cause of claims is a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. When doctors misdiagnose patients or fail to diagnose them correctly, the patients may miss out on treatments that could have saved their lives. When diagnoses are delayed, the patients’ conditions may have worsened in the meantime. If patients are diagnosed with the wrong conditions, they may receive unneeded treatment that causes them harm.
Medication and anesthesia mistakes are also very common. Medication mistakes may happen when doctors fail to check for potential interactions with other drugs that you are taking. They may also occur when nurses administer doses of prescribed medications that are much higher or lower than what was prescribed. Anesthesia errors are less frequent, but they can be very dangerous. If patients receive too much anesthesia, they may die.
Some types of surgical errors are fairly common such as doctors leaving surgical instruments inside of patients after the surgeries are completed. Patients may be burned by some of the instruments that are used. In rare cases, electrical fires from certain types of surgical equipment may happen. While wrong-site and wrong-patient surgery errors are fortunately rare, they can leave patients with lasting disabilities or cause them to die.
The medical malpractice attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook are equipped to handle these types of medical malpractice claims as well as many others. Upon reviewing your medical documents, we can give you an honest assessment of your potential claim. If we accept your case, we will work to secure damages to fully compensate you for your losses. We may also seek punitive damages against the negligent doctors or hospitals to deter them from engaging in similar behavior in the future.
Call the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook Today
Being the victim of medical errors may leave you with a permanently diminished quality of life. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping the victims of malpractice recover maximal damages for their losses. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation at 479-783-8000. You can also contact us by filling out our contact form online.