Medical Malpractice FAQs
Information from Our Phoenix Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Claims involving medical malpractice are extremely complex. Understanding the basics of this legal area can help you better protect your rights. At Cullan and Cullan in Arizona, Kansas, and Missouri, our medical malpractice attorneys are doctors. We have extensive training in medicine and human anatomy. Our medical-legal team will aggressively fight to help you restore your quality of life after medical errors or mistakes leading to traumatic personal injury or wrongful death.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional deviates from the accepted “standard of care,” resulting in a patient’s personal injury or wrongful death. In general, standard of care is defined as “how a reasonable medical professional would act in similar circumstances.” Violations of the standard of care can take the form of surgical errors, birth injury, anesthesia errors, diagnosis or treatment mistakes, medication errors, and other careless or negligent actions.
How difficult is it to recover damages from medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice cases can be very complex. Caregivers are generally people you trust; and in cases of negligence, sometimes they won’t tell you if an error has occurred. Also, defendants in medical malpractice cases often have easy access to colleagues who will defend them, and the burden of scientific proof lies heavily with the victim. At our firm, we have experienced medical malpractice attorneys who are also doctors trained in medicine, human anatomy, and nursing. They have the medical knowledge and understanding of the law to be the best equipped representatives for your malpractice claim.
Who would I be filing a claim against?
A medical malpractice claim can be filed against any person or entity involved in giving you negligent care. This could include hospitals, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, anesthesiologists, and others. During your consultation at our firm, our medical malpractice attorneys will review your case and determine what parties may be held responsible for your injuries.
What would I be eligible to recover with a medical malpractice claim?
If you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, impairment of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages. The medical malpractice attorneys at our firm will also review your case to determine what damages you may be entitled to.
Medical Malpractice Statistics and Information
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is more common than most people think.
- In 2010, around 400,000 patients died prematurely because of preventable mistakes made by a doctor or other health care professionals.
- Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
- The medical malpractice related deaths in 2010 accounted for roughly one-sixth of all deaths in the United States.
Contact Cullan and Cullan to speak with our medical malpractice attorneys about your case. Our firm is committed to helping victims restore their quality of life and preventing injury to others.