Medical Malpractice & Negligence Attorneys in Jackson, MS
Richard Schwartz & Associates
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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.
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 medical group.
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 you.