Unfortunately, very few people receive compensation for serious injuries or death resulting from medical malpractice. Why? Less than 2 percent of people who have suffered medical malpractice even try to obtain compensation, and a smaller percentage than that actually receives it.
If you or someone you love has been victimized by medical malpractice, you should at the very least consult with our Oklahoma City Medical Malpractice lawyers. Not just for your benefit, or your family’s, but also to help prevent a potentially incompetent medical professional or institution from harming others. We have experience in the complicated area of medical malpractice law and understand the tactics used by insurance company attorneys to minimize or deny responsibility for your injuries. Contact Hasbrook & Hasbrook – Oklahoma City Medical Malpractice Lawyers today for a free consultation to discuss your case. You have nothing to lose and, potentially, a chance to right a wrong. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Scope of the Problem
You may be surprised to learn that medical malpractice constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, some 225,000 people die from various forms of medical malpractice, including:
- 12,000 from unnecessary surgery
- 20,000 from hospital errors
- 80,000 from infections acquired in hospitals
- 106,000 from the adverse effects and complications of medications
Of course, the number of people seriously injured from medical malpractice is considerably higher.
Here are some of the medical malpractice cases that are handled by Hasbrook and Hasbrook:
It is important to note that determining whether a duty of care has been met is never easy. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional deviates from the standard of care within the medical community. This type of claim arises when the healthcare provider injures someone by careless or negligent acts. Surgeries and other medical treatments don’t always turn out the way patients would like. That alone is not malpractice. The medical care provider must actually do something wrong, which causes the injury.
The negligent parties involved can be doctors, nurses, hospitals, or other healthcare professionals. These professionals are expected to perform their duties with the utmost care. When they do not, that’s where we come in. At Hasbrook and Hasbrook, we fight on your behalf to give you the best chance of proving your case and receiving all the compensation you deserve. This requires a deep understanding of the medical profession, the way hospitals and healthcare professionals operate, and of course, a thorough understanding of the law. Medical professionals and their representatives will hire “experts” to testify on their behalf, and their attorneys will fight tooth and nail to deny any wrongdoing. We will do the same for you.
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Medical Malpractice
1) What constitutes medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice involves a case of medical negligence on the part of doctors, nurses, hospitals or other providers of health care in which death or injury results as a result of the provider or providers in question failing to meet what is known as the “standard of care” -- the accepted level of care for the field. Medical malpractice can include surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis, medication errors or misread test results, among other errors.
2) Do I have a case?
Medical malpractice can be difficult to prove and doctors and hospitals and other providers may not answer your questions to your satisfaction. That’s why you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney to look at the records and determine if there is a case to be pursued.
3) What should I do if I suspect medical malpractice?
Request your medical records. Document as much as you can. If you are still undergoing treatment, consider moving to another hospital or getting another doctor to oversee your care. Then consult with an attorney experienced in medical malpractice cases so he or she can determine if you have a case. Not all mistakes result in valid malpractice cases. And if there was no injury, there is no case.
4) Is there a statute of limitations for fiiing a medical malpractice case?
The statute of limitations for filing a malpractice lawsuit varies from state to state. In Oklahoma, the limit is generally two years, although it is less for governmental agencies. Minors have until the age of 19 to file. Your attorney will be able to tell you if there is still time for you to file.
5) What kind of settlement can I expect to receive if I win a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Damages vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of injury and the circumstances of the person who was injured. Your settlement may cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings if there is permanent disability or death, as well as benefits to provide lifetime care if necessary. Your medical malpractice attorney can give you an idea of what you might be expected to receive if you win your case. Also, your attorney will not charge you to take your case. If you win a settlement or judgment, he or she will receive a percentage of your settlement. If there is no settlement, there is no bill.
While you are recovering, pick up the phone and dial the number for our experienced attorneys in Oklahoma City. After hearing your story, we will expeditiously file a suit to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for damages done to you or your loved one.