If you or a loved one did not receive adequate medical care, and it resulted in injuries, such as permanent disfigurement, paralysis, further medical complications, or death, you need an experienced medical negligence attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our medical malpractice lawyers at Kirk, Kirk, Howell, Cutler, & Thomas LLP have the experience and knowledge necessary to advocate on your behalf. We will fight tirelessly to provide you or your loved one with the very best legal representation to get fair compensation for your medical malpractice claims.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
We rely on our doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners and caregivers to treat us when we are sick or injured and to help us stay healthy. However, not every experience is positive, and not every healthcare provider is looking out for your best interest all of the time. In fact, hospital medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider– which can include dentists, nurses, surgeons, therapists, family care doctors, or any healthcare providers from whom you seek treatment or medical care– fails to meet certain minimum standards of care while providing medical treatment to a patient.
This can lead to:
- The worsening of an existing condition;
- Paralysis, such as cerebral palsy;
- Other permanent injuries;
- Complications from a botched surgery;
- Wrongful death.
Are Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence the Same?
When looking at the differences between medical malpractice and medical negligence, it usually comes down to semantics, although they are treated the same way in a North Carolina court of law. Medical negligence refers to mistakes made that led to illness or injury, whereas medical malpractice means that the healthcare provider failed to provide an adequate level of care.
How to Pursue a Medical Malpractice Claim
Without a medical malpractice attorney, it can be difficult, and sometimes even impossible, to get compensation for your bills or your lost wages. Often, doctors and other medical professionals do not want to admit to wrongdoing or negligence, as it could result in ruining their reputation and career.
However, our medical malpractice lawyers understand the importance and impact of holding medical professionals accountable for personal injury, lost income, negligent monitoring, and other medical malpractice issues.
When Can You Pursue a Medical Malpractice Claim?
There is a statute of limitations on filing medical malpractice claims. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your specific case, the timeline for filing deadlines will vary. It’s important to speak with a Raleigh medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after your injury or illness to begin the process of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in North Carolina. Because the statute of limitations in medical negligence cases is short, it’s important to bring your claim to our attorneys as soon as possible.
How to Recover Damages from a Medical Malpractice Claim?
In the case that an insurance company does offer a settlement, it’s important to note that they are working for their client and to reduce their own costs, rather than helping you get the settlement you need and the amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Victims of medical malpractice must be able to prove:
- Duty: The health care providers owed the patient a duty of care.
- Breach of duty: Medical errors or negligence were present because the healthcare professional failed to provide an adequate duty of care.
- Causation: The failure of the medical doctors’ treatment led to injuries or illness.
- Damages: The victim/patient suffered damages as a result of medical errors or an inadequate level of care.
Benefits of Working with an Experienced Raleigh, NC Medical Malpractice Attorney From the Kirk Kirk Law Firm
By working with an experienced medical malpractice attorney, we can secure copies of your medical records, provide medical expert witnesses, show evidence of suffered injuries, and more to ensure the medical negligence of the at-fault medical staff is held liable.
When our clients file medical malpractice suits, our medical malpractice lawyers at Kirk, Kirk Law Firm provide personalized attention and aggressive representation on their behalf. With years worth of experience and success in fighting for the rights of our clients, our medical malpractice law offices will not rest until we ensure the medical professionals whose negligence led to your injuries or illness are held responsible.
When working on your Raleigh medical malpractice case, our attorneys fight on the medical malpractice victims’ behalf to secure damages for:
- Medical bills;
- Future medical therapies and treatments;
- Lost income;
- Emotional as well as physical pain and suffering;
- Loss of companionship in wrongful death cases;
- Loss of a body part;
- Long-term injuries or illnesses;
- Scars and disfigurement.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
When Kirk, Kirk Law represents medical malpractice lawsuits, we deal with the following types of cases:
- Failure to diagnose a condition;
- Unreasonable delay in treating a diagnosed condition;
- Surgical errors;
- Medication errors;
- Emergency room errors;
- Lack of informed consent;
- Negligent treatment;
- Failure to provide appropriate treatment;
- Birth injuries caused by medical malpractice;
- Failure to adequately monitor patients during treatment;
- Anesthesiologist errors;
- Nursing home neglect or abuse;
- Negligent credentialing.
Contact a Raleigh Area Medical Negligence Attorney
If you’ve been injured or you’ve lost a loved one due to a medical professional failing to meet an appropriate standard of care, you don’t have to go through this alone. At Kirk, Kirk Law, our medical malpractice lawyers hold negligent healthcare professionals accountable for their inaction. We will work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Call us at (919) 615-2473 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation.
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