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You went to the doctor with the hopes of alleviating an illness or pain and left with complications– a misdiagnosis, an infection, or some other injury. Our Durham Medical Malpractice lawyers see it all too often. Doctors make life-or-death decisions during intense, high-pressure situations; it is part of their job. Unfortunately, under these circumstances, mistakes are inevitable.

For this reason, insurance companies offer layers of protection for doctors and hospitals, and proving malpractice can become especially difficult. When you or your family member faces a traumatic medical mistake, it is wise to consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Durham, so you can assess the situation, determine fault, and pursue just compensation for your family.

Common Malpractice Scenarios

There is a host of complications that can arise from doctor’s visits, both in private practices and hospital settings. A routine c-section can result in a foreign object in the body, leaving a mother unable to bear future children. A misdiagnosis can lead a patient to seek cancer treatment that weakens the body and immune system.

A patient can receive a misread or mislabeled prescription, causing a severe or even fatal reaction.

These are just some of the preventable mistakes that occur at the hands of healthcare facilities across the United States. Others include, but are not limited to:

  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Birth injuries, including cerebral palsy
  • Brain, spinal, and nerve damage
  • Negligence affecting surgery or childbirth
  • Failure to diagnose a disease

If this has happened to you or a loved one, it would be wise to consult with a Durham medical malpractice attorney as quickly as possible.

Why Consult with a Malpractice Attorney

After a personal injury, people seek compensation for two main reasons: to cover the extensive financial costs associated with an injury (medical bills, lost wages, aftercare, etc.), and to hold those at fault accountable. A malpractice claim sends a message to healthcare providers to be more cautious, and prevent them from harming future patients in the same ways. To achieve these two goals, it takes the assistance of a skilled and knowledgeable attorney.

To reiterate, malpractice cases can be difficult to prove. Navigating between the realms of “honest mistakes” and “avoidable negligence” can be complicated. However, establishing a claim is only one piece of the puzzle. Most malpractice cases are settled out of court, and when they do go to court, it can still be difficult to prove negligence.

Adding to the challenge is North Carolina’s passing of Senate Bill 33 in 2011. Senate Bill 33 has markedly reduced the range of cases that can be viewed as medical malpractice. We emphasize these challenges not to dissuade you, but to prepare you for pursuing justice.

For the above reasons, it is more important than ever to work with a dedicated medical malpractice attorney in Durham, who will aggressively and tenaciously fight for you.

It is important to consult with an attorney sooner rather than later, to stay within the statute of limitations for the case. Speaking with an attorney earlier rather than later can also ensure that you understand the extent of your injuries’ costs and do not settle for less than you deserve. All too often, our attorneys see insurance claims adjusters eager to settle quickly, offering the injured party far less than they deserve, and the injured party– not understanding and anxious to move forward– accepts.

Contact A Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

We will do everything in our power to prevent this from happening to you. Medical malpractice injuries can have lifelong consequences for the victims and their loved ones, and our attorneys will work tirelessly to give you every resource available to cope with them for the rest of your life. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, contact our compassionate, diligent and determined lawyers today.