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We have all heard about the physician’s promise in the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. Yet, we have also all heard horror stories about people who have been injured by medical malpractice. A person had surgery to amputate their left leg due to complications from diabetes, only to wake in the recovery room and discover that the surgeon mistakenly amputated the right leg, leaving the person to confront the risks and pain of another surgery and life as a double amputee. A doctor failed to timely diagnose a young child a with rapidly debilitating or fatal disease and, as a result, a much loved child either lives with permanent debilitations or, in some cases, perishes. Unfortunately, these are real scenarios, the most frustrating part of which is that the horrible outcomes could have been avoided if the responsible medical professionals had carefully performed their duties in the first instance.
The Howard Law Firm llc passionately and tirelessly advocates to protect people who have been injured by medical malpractice - a passion that derives from personal experience. We understand just how heartbreaking it is to witness the effects of medical malpractice, as injured people suffer and struggle to cope with lingering physical and emotional scars and, in some cases, consoling families who have lost a loved one. These avoidable experiences cause us to remember that we are all entitled to live our lives with the fullest potential for healthy, happiness and dignity. Medical malpractice often deprives injured victims of these rights. People who have been injured by medical malpractice should understand that: they are entitled to compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering; they should not be financially responsible for the cost of ongoing treatment, medication, care, psychological counseling and other materials and services that are necessary to facilitate healing and coping with injuries, pain and suffering; and they should not suffer a reduction in their standard of living because they are no longer able to or are limited in their ability to work and earn a living. In some cases, a victim’s family members may also suffer compensable injuries in their own right as a result of medical malpractice committed upon a loved one.
It is also important to remember that victims of medical malpractice often feel disillusioned with the physicians and medical system that failed them, and feel obligated but helpless to prevent others from suffering. However, causing physicians, hospitals and other caregivers to take legal, financial and professional responsibility for their errors is a laudable, ethical pursuit that may cause positive change that ultimately prevents other innocent people from being injured.
Medical malpractice cases can be very complicated, and frequently require expert analysis by a neutral, competent and qualified physician to determine if a claim can be brought. In addition, there is a relatively short statute of limitations (the time period in which a lawsuit must be filed or it is forever lost) that applies to medical malpractice cases. As such, it is very important to consult an attorney right away if you or someone you love has been injured after receiving medical treatment in order to begin the process of determining whether the injury resulted from actionable medical malpractice, as well as to timely protect and preserve rights before they are lost.
Finally, medical malpractice cases take many forms and it is not just doctors who commit medical malpractice. Rather, healthcare insurance companies, hospitals, nurses, ambulance companies, paramedics, dentists, chiropractors and many others are all capable of injuring people by providing deficient healthcare services, by failing to provide healthcare services or by failing to timely provide healthcare services. Any or all of these people may ultimately be liable for they myriad injuries that may be caused by medical malpractice. Some of the varying types of injuries are discussed in the forms of medical malpractice pages in this website. We invite you to visit these pages and to learn more about medical malpractice and the many forms it takes.