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, so you should seek a knowledgeable attorney if you think you have a case.
We Are Established Medical Malpractice Attorneys with 40+ Years of Experience
If you have injuries due to medical negligence, you may be wondering what your next step should be. The medical malpractice lawyers at Richard Schwartz & Associates Injury Lawyers, P.A., can help assess your situation and determine if you have a case. We have extensive experience in this area of law and are passionate about holding negligent healthcare providers accountable for their actions. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can help you seek justice!
Common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis
- Amputation injury
- Birth injuries
- Surgical mistakes
- Wrongful death
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Blood transfusion error
- Inadequate/incorrect treatment plan
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Hospital negligence
- Nursing home neglect
- Dental errors and malpractice
- Emergency room mistakes
- Radiology errors
As a patient, you have rights. Our medical malpractice attorneys at Richard Schwartz & Associates are here to assist you if your doctor fails to fulfill their obligation to care for you. We know the laws in Mississippi and will fight for you to receive justice.
How Do You Identify Medical Malpractice?
When patients are in the emergency room or hospital for a serious procedure, there is always the risk something will go wrong. Therefore, before a procedure of any sort or prescribing a new medication, a doctor must obtain informed consent. If an individual knows of the hazards and agrees to the treatment anyway, they cannot bring a claim for any side effects if they receive a warning about them. However, a failure to obtain informed consent would be a type of malpractice.
Another more common type of medical malpractice is when a patient’s care does not meet the healthcare professional’s expected standards of care. This sort of error reflects an inability to treat patients according to acceptable medical norms and techniques. In this situation, the patient suffers harmful effects due to the error that are not reasonable side effects of the treatment. The harm may be reversible or permanent. A patient in this situation can claim damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical needs
- Pain and suffering
- Current and future lost wages
- The cost of household assistance
- Permanent disability
- Emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and any interference with family relationships
To succeed in such a claim, you must prove a doctor’s negligent actions led to the injuries you are now facing. Proving negligence often requires the help of medical specialists who can testify as to what a doctor should have done to help the victim.
How Do Medical Malpractice Attorneys Help?
If you are a victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, we can help you pursue justice. These cases are highly technical and place the burden of proof on you, the injured patient. If you are going to bring a medical malpractice claim 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 understand technical arguments and work with medical consultants to build your case. Rest assured, whether we negotiate a fair settlement or take your case to trial, we will not be intimidated by an insurer or medical group.
What medical malpractice lawyers can do for you:
- Research your case
- Obtain and evaluate medical records
- Interview experts
- Calculate the amount of money your damages are worth
- Negotiate with insurance companies and lawyers
- Represent you in court if necessary
How Do You Prove Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice claims must meet specific criteria:
- A healthcare provider had a legal duty to the claimant: The victim must establish a doctor-patient relationship between him and the healthcare professional.
- There was a breach of legal duty: The healthcare professionals must have been negligent in the care given to the injured client. Negligence implies that the doctor, nurse, or another healthcare provider must have neglected to perform in a way that any other competent medical professional would have done under similar circumstances.
- The breach of duty caused harm: We must be able to prove that the medical professional’s mistake or negligence directly caused harm to the patient. To put it another way, it was a doctor’s mistake rather than some other cause that resulted in the injury in question.
- Injury or damages resulted: A medical malpractice claim requires an injury or other damage. These can be physical or mental, as well as financial losses.
We will assess whether your situation meets these criteria and whether you should file a claim based on our lawyers’ analysis.
If you have been a victim of medical malpractice in Mississippi, know that the hospital, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals have lawyers on their side. Therefore, you need to level the playing field by hiring an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice Claims in Mississippi?
In Mississippi, you have two years from the date of the negligent act or omission to bring a medical malpractice claim against the doctor or medical provider. If you were not aware of your harm immediately, such as through wrongful diagnosis, you generally have two years from the date of discovery to seek compensation. You will be unable to sue if you do not file a claim before the statute of limitations expires.
It requires time to prepare for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Before filing a case, a lawyer must invest abundant time and resources in gathering and evaluating medical records and consulting with expert witnesses. Therefore, it’s critical to hire a personal injury attorney with experience in medical malpractice once you suspect there is an issue. Your attorney is your advocate who will safeguard your rights and explain every step in the process.
Millions of Dollars in Compensation Recovered
Our Jackson, MS medical malpractice lawyers have helped clients recover millions of dollars in compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. We have successfully obtained settlements and verdicts against medical professionals for numerous medical malpractice injuries.
Contact us for your FREE consultation to discuss your case today!