Patients are legally entitled to a certain standard of health care from medical health professions. Unfortunately, because of erroneous actions such as inadequate care, speed or skill, many doctors, specialists and nurses do not adhere to those standards. A medical professional can be held liable for medical negligence if he is responsible for causing psychological or physical harm to a patient. Often, his actions are weighted against the standard of competency of his peers from the same specialty.Natalee Waters | The Roanoke Times shot on 7/22/05 Defense attorney Tom Blaylock cross examines Billy Ray Manns during Maverick Thomas' capital murder trial in Roanoke on Friday. Manns, who has confessed to killing Lisa Nicole Thomas, claims that he was hired for the killing by Thomas and Malvester Dixon.
When issues of medical negligence arise, a lawsuit can be filed against the physician. Those who claim to have been injured can be legally represented by a medical negligence solicitor. The solicitor helps them claim compensation for the physical injury and emotional stress caused by a medical institution or by a health care professional. Under these circumstances, it is better to hire a medical malpractice lawyer who specializes in medical negligence, because your primary attorney may not be fully equipped to handle such case. A medical negligence solicitor requires expertise not only in the domain of law, but also in the medical field so he can analyze the scientific data presented.
A person who has been injured because of a medical error such as a surgical mistake, a wrong diagnosis, an instrument left inside the body, insufficient care, unclean conditions, birth problems or death of a family member due to medical failure can contact a medical negligence solicitor about claiming damages. In some cases, solicitors can contact you because they are constantly reviewing documents such as police reports and medical files. Sometimes, an attorney will not communicate with the client within 30 days of the injury, because of pecuniary gain. This regulation is designed to protect the patient after a traumatic event so he can be emotionally and physically ready to face the situation. After you feel ready, you can contact a medical negligence solicitor, with the condition that 30 months have not passed from the date of the event. The Statute of Limitations is about the same in most states.
A medical malpractice lawyer can help you calculate how much compensation you can claim for the sustained injury. The amount of compensation depends on various circumstantial factors such as the gravity of the mental trauma and physical injury, the loss of income or future income due to the medical error, cost of care required after the medical negligence, lifestyle changes and any expenses related to the trauma, including travel expenses and treatments. However, some attorneys take advantage of vulnerable clients and ask for too much or pressure them into representation. Because of this, medical negligence solicitors are confined by certain rules and regulation that prevent them from overreaching.