Established Attorneys with 30+ Years of Experience
Nurses, physicians, and even hospitals can be sued for their negligence
if they cause injury to a patient through negligence. At Richard Schwartz
& Associates Injury Lawyers, P.A., our Jackson medical malpractice
lawyers hold healthcare providers accountable for recklessness that causes
personal injury or wrongful death. Medical malpractice cases require extensive skill and
experience, which is why you should seek out a knowledgeable attorney
if you think you have a case.
Medical malpractice can take the form of:
- Failure to diagnose an illness or disease
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Wrongful death
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Hospital negligence
- Blood transfusion error
- Delayed diagnosis
- Inadequate/incorrect treatment plan
You have rights as a patient, and our attorneys at Richard Schwartz &
Associates are here to help when a doctor fails in their duty to treat you.
Call (601) 869-0696 for a free evaluation.
Identifying Medical Malpractice
When patients are in the emergency room or hospital for a serious procedure,
there is always the risk something will go wrong. Before a procedure of
any sort or prescribing a new medication, a doctor must obtain
informed consent. If a patient knows of the hazards and agrees to the treatment anyway,
they cannot bring a claim for any side effects they were warned about.
A failure to obtain informed consent would be a type of malpractice, however.
Another type of malpractice, and a more common one, is when the care a
patient receives does not meet the standards a doctor would be expected
to adhere to. The complications a patient experiences here are not ones
that could be reasonably expected from the procedure. The harms may be
reversible, or they may not. A patient in this situation can make a claim
for damages including:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical needs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
To succeed in such a claim, you must be able to prove a doctor’s
negligent actions led to the injuries you are now facing. This often requires
the help of medical specialists who can testify as to what a doctor should
have done to help the patient.
What Causes Medical Malpractice?
Doctors and nurses are highly trained, and working in a well-funded hospital
or clinic, should have everything they need to do to perform their job
correctly. Many victims of medical malpractice wonder how such experts
manage to make serious mistakes.
Individual and systemic factors can lead to medical malpractice. Here’s how:
Active errors are caused by healthcare professionals making a mistake. They may be related
to poor communication or individual factors that come from outside the
doctor’s work life.
Latent errors are process breakdowns that may go unnoticed until a patient is affected.
Some examples of these errors are poor maintenance of equipment, ineffective
management, or lack of sufficient training/education for doctors and nurses.
Sometimes active and latent errors will combine to cause an issue; however,
either type of error can cause serious harm to a patient. If you have
been injured, determining the root cause is essential to identifying the
liable party. Sometimes, it’s not who you expect.
Millions of Dollars in Compensation Recovered
If you are a victim of medical malpractice, we can help you pursue justice.
These cases, which are highly technical in nature, place the burden of proof on
you, the injured patient. If you are going to bring a case against a doctor
and their medical malpractice insurance provider, you need an experienced
and knowledgeable team on your side. Our attorneys at Richard Schwartz
& Associates can understand technical arguments and work with medical
consultants to build your case. Whether we negotiate a fair settlement
or take your case to trial, we will not be intimidated by an insurer or
Our medical malpractice lawyers have risen to this challenge time and time
again, and have helped our clients recover compensation for medical bills,
pain and suffering, lost wages, and much more. To date, we have successfully
obtained settlements and verdicts against medical professionals for numerous
medical malpractice injuries. Contact us to see how we can help
Call our Jackson medical malpractice attorneys at (601) 869-0696 to discuss your case and legal rights. We offer free consultations, and
if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us anything.