Medical Negligence

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Medical professionals and organizations are held to what is known as a “standard of care” compensation. Health care providers against whom medical negligence claims can be brought include hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse anesthetists and home health care agency staff. Related claims can be brought against the manufacturers of health care products including orthopedic implants, wound vacs and others. At Spohrer & Dodd, our medical negligence attorneys have decades of experience handling difficult and demanding claims.

To successfully represent victims of medical negligence, our experienced trial attorneys closely monitor the persistent legislative changes that affect the ability of patients to recover compensation from health care providers who are negligent and cause injury or death. In addition to our own in-house physician, our malpractice attorneys have long-standing relationships with a network of currently practicing prominent physician and nurse experts in multiple fields of medicine. These resources are invaluable in allowing for thorough, prompt, investigations of claims against health care providers, including identifying the applicable standards of care for the physicians and nurses whose care is being investigated and understanding how breaches in those standards of care can lead to serious injury and death.

Important Information on Filing Medical Negligence Claims

Medical malpractice claims are governed by a complex set of laws or statutes which dictate when a claim can be filed and what steps must be taken prior to filing a claim. The statute of limitations, for instance, is the law that governs when a claim must be filed. Generally, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within two years of when the malpractice occurred or within two years of when an injury is discovered that is related to the malpractice. There are exceptions, however, which means it is very important to contact an attorney familiar with malpractice claims and the laws which govern them to determine the date by which your claim must be filed. Once the statute of limitations expires, your ability to bring a claim is barred forever. If you think you or a family member has been hurt by the negligence of a health care provider, it is very important not to delay in calling an attorney.

Our attorneys are experts at identifying potentially liable parties and aggressively prosecuting a wide range of medical negligence claims. We have secured significant monetary recoveries for our clients in cases involving surgical negligence, birth related injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, delays in cancer diagnosis, negligent administration of anesthesia, misuse of medical devices and the failure of nurses to monitor their patients and alert physicians when a patient’s condition begins to deteriorate. Our team of attorneys and staff work cohesively to represent the best interests of our clients by understanding and responding to the complex challenges inherent in medical negligence cases.

Attorneys Dedicated to Maximum Recovery

Our medical negligence lawyers are dedicated to obtaining maximum recovery for each client we represent and our in-house consulting physician empowers and expedites the evaluation of potential claims. Our team works closely to pinpoint how, when and why a patient’s injury or death occurs and who is responsible. Locally and throughout the state, individuals as well as attorneys who do not specialize in this unique area of practice, seek out our firm’s attorneys to maximize the recovery to victims of medical negligence.

One example of this is the McGarry v. Memorial Hospital case where our legal team prevailed in complex and contentious litigation involving incapacitating injury caused by medical mistakes. At trial, a jury awarded our client $7,165,000 to compensate him for his losses and degraded quality of life.