When you see a doctor, need surgery or end up in the emergency room, you expect that the medical practitioners caring for you will take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. You expect that they will follow the standard of care.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors, nurses and other medical staff can make mistakes, and medical errors in medicine can change your life.
At McCoy & Sparks, PLLC, we represent individuals who have suffered injuries or developed an illness as a result of medical malpractice. We understand how stressful and emotional it can be when you trust a medical practitioner to take care of your health and they fail to do so. We understand how difficult the decision to pursue legal action against a health care professional can be.
If you or someone you love has been injured while under the care of a doctor, nurse or other medical profession, don’t hesitate to contact our Central Kentucky medical malpractice lawyers to help understand what you can do about it.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when someone in a position of medical authority, such as a doctor, surgeon or other healthcare professional (dentist, chiropractor, ect), causes harm to an individual either through negligence, omission or purposeful action. The medical community has established standards of care that define what is and isn’t appropriate when providing medical care. When those standards are violated and results in an injured patient, you may have a medical malpractice case.
Do I Have a Claim?
If you or someone you love suspect you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contacting a qualified and experienced medical malpractice lawyer can be an important first step to healing and reclaiming what’s rightfully yours. The lawyers at McCoy & Sparks can help you determine whether or not you have a medical malpractice claim.
We are one of the few firms in the region to have an experience Legal Nurse consultant on staff to help evaluate your claim. We will listen to the client’s story and carefully evaluate the medical records and standards of care.
Not all cases involving medical treatment meet the burden of proof for a medical malpractice lawsuit. In fact, most do not. However, the following items should be present when considering a malpractice suit:
- A doctor-patient relationship
You have an understood relationship of trust, and the medical professional has an understood duty of care to you.
- Negligence on the part of the doctor or medical professional
Essentially, the standard of care was breached and you were not provided the appropriate or necessary care by the medical professional.
- Violation of the standard of care causes a significant injury in the patient
A breach and injury alone are not enough. It must be proven that the breach was a substantial factor in causing the injury.
- This injury affects the patient’s quality of life
This injury affects your life substantially, requiring additional financial, physical and/or emotional hardship.
The physical and emotional toll of medical malpractice is almost always coupled with the financial toll: the costs of medical care, additional treatments, surgeries, hospital stays, lost wages or future loss of wages. In severe cases, the malpractice leads to wrongful death.
Did you know?: Surgical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, with upwards of a quarter-million people dying each year due to medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one has experienced the pain of medical malpractice, contact McCoy & Sparks, PLLC, at (844) 4KY-WINS or through our website for your free consultation today. You can also chat with a real-live person at no obligation by visiting our website.
Common Examples of Medical Malpractice
Unfortunately, there are many examples of medical malpractice. You may be a victim of medical malpractice if your doctor, hospital or trusted healthcare professional:
- Failed to diagnose a condition in a timely manner.
- Misdiagnosed a condition.
- Performed unnecessary surgery.
- Made surgical errors or performed the incorrect procedure.
- Made mistakes in medications, either in dosage or prescription.
- Failed to take a proper patient history.
- Failed to inspect or recognize symptoms.
- Failed to order necessary tests.
- Used faulty or expired equipment or tools.
- Used improperly sanitized equipment or tools.
- Improperly discharged or failed to follow up.
- Not provided the opportunity to give informed consent.
These errors and more result in over 17,000 medical malpractice suits filed each year in the United States.
At McCoy & Sparks, PLLC, we proudly serve residents in Central Kentucky. If you or a loved one has suffered due to the negligence of a medical professional, contact us today to begin exploring your options for recovering compensation. It is important to remember there is a statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice claim.
Common Results of Medical Negligence
Some of the common results suffered by victims of medical malpractice can include:
- Birth injuries or death of a newborn.
- Chronic pain.
- Paralysis and nerve damage.
- Cancer or metastasis.
- Infection or sepsis.
- Loss of limb or muscle function.
- Wrongful death.
In addition to the physical pain of unnecessary injuries, life-altering conditions and even wrongful death, medical malpractice also results in extensive financial, mental and emotional burdens.
Getting Compensation for Your Injuries
We believe that when a medical practitioner acts negligently and it leads to injury or disease, they should bear the burden of that mistake. You are entitled to compensation sufficient to equal the harm caused. In addition to your emotional suffering, there is a certain amount of current and future bills that can pile up. We work to help ensure that the compensation covers your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.
Our firm has decades of experience and is well-known throughout the community for our professionalism and our effective strategies. We sincerely care about our clients and know that when you have become sick or are injured by medical staff, you deserve the highest quality of legal representation on your side.
Did you know?: Kentucky ranks 27th in the United States in annual per capita malpractice costs for all healthcare providers.
Trust McCoy & Sparks—Premier Personal Injury Attorneys in Nelson County
Recognized as Nelson County’s best law firm for over a decade and counting, McCoy & Sparks works to help people in trouble, representing thousands of clients in Central Kentucky with a focus on providing premium service and delivering superior results.
Regardless of the type of case, our goal is to develop a strategy that best serves your personal needs, then draws upon our courtroom skills to help you reach the best possible result. We start by getting to know you. Next, we will explain all your options, giving you the pros and cons of each choice so that you will be empowered to make informed decisions.
You owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you. Make the right call to (844) 4KY-WINS for a risk-free consultation with one of our attorneys today.