Helping You Sue for Medical Negligence & Hospital Errors
Did you go to a doctor for medical assistance but became worse because of it? You might be a victim of medical malpractice. Due to numerous legal protections offered to medical professionals and medical institutions, suing them for medical malpractice is always difficult, so you should always advance your case with the assistance of an attorney.
In Nashville, people know that they can count on the medical malpractice lawyers of The Roth Firm, LLC. We have been there to support and guide the people of our communities since 2006. All the while, our skills and reputation have grown to the point that even major insurance companies recognize our name. You can bet that our team is ready to fight for your right to a fair recovery after a medical mistake left you more injured than before you went to the doctor.
How Medical Malpractice Happens
Don’t convince yourself that your case must not involve medical malpractice because it “never happens.” A Johns Hopkins University study from 2016 determined that medical errors cause or contribute to about 250,000 preventable deaths in the country each year. If you think that your medical provider did something wrong and you suffered for it, then you should start exploring your legal options.
Medical malpractice can take many forms, such as:
- Failing to diagnose a health issue accurately or on time
- Failing to order the right diagnostic tests
- Misinterpreting diagnostic test results
- Committing an error during surgery or an operation
- Prescribing a patient the wrong medication
- Mixing up patient records
- Administering the wrong amount of anesthesia
- Failing to ensure a hospital patient doesn’t slip and fall
- Completing emergency room triage in the wrong order
- And much more
The bottom line is that there are so many ways that medical care can go wrong. You should never assume that you don’t have a case because your situation seems unusual or innocuous. Leave that up to our legal professionals to decide.
Four Basic Elements of Medical Malpractice
For a medical malpractice claim to gain traction in court, it must include and prove:
- Duty of care: The medical professional must have owed the plaintiff a duty of care as established in a doctor-patient relationship. Essentially, the medical professional must follow standards of medical care that others would.
- Deviation: The defendant must have deviated from the duty of care owed to the patient. If the medical provider – be it a doctor, nurse, surgeon, pharmacist, etc. – acts in a way that another reasonable medical professional would not have in that same situation, then a deviation has likely occurred.
- Direct causation: The deviation in the care owed to the patient must be the cause of the patient’s injury. If the deviation causes no measurable harm, then there is likely no medical malpractice case.
- Damages: Lastly, the harm that the patient has suffered must have caused some sort of damage to them, such as increased hospital bills and physical pain. If all other elements are proven, then it is usually the least trouble to prove that damages have occurred.
It is important to note that not liking the outcome of a medical treatment is not grounds for filing a medical malpractice claim. Even if you are hurt during a medical procedure, it does not guarantee that medical malpractice has occurred. It takes a careful investigation from professional attorneys and third-party experts to get to the truth in most cases.
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The Roth Firm, LLC and our Nashville medical malpractice attorneys can help you understand and utilize your rights if you were hurt while receiving medical care. We are proud to stand up for injured and mistreated patients in our communities. Taking on major insurance companies and defense teams that protect medical providers is part of the routine at our firm, but we still give each case completely personalized attention.
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