Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medicine is something all of us have experience with. We have all been to see a Mississippi doctor and chances are we will all need to go see one again. Because we do not know enough to provide medical care to ourselves, we rely on others to do the job. We trust doctors because we believe they have the proper training to effectively fix the things that are wrong with us. Sadly, nearly 200,000 people die every year because of mistakes made by the very people we entrust with our lives. Thousands more innocent patients are injured because medical professionals make costly errors while providing care.
Mississippi medical malpractice claims can be divided into several general categories, these include: (1) hospital malpractice; (2) misdiagnosis; and (3) medication errors. The following description will help explain the difference between each type and what information is needed to successfully launch a claim for compensation against the responsible healthcare provider.
Are there time limits to sue for injuries in a Mississippi medical malpractice case?
First, hospitals are required to meet minimum standards of care for all their patients. Failure to provide care up to those standards will result in significant liability on the part of the hospital. For instance, it is the hospital’s responsibility to make sure that every doctor who practices in the facility has and maintains the proper medical credentials. If the doctor is not qualified and the hospital was either aware or should have been aware that there were problems with the doctor’s credentials, then both the doctor and the hospital that employs him may be liable for any injuries that result from the doctor’s negligent care.
Another category of Mississippi medical malpractice claims involves misdiagnosis. A misdiagnosis can occur in two situations: one happens when a doctor comes to the wrong conclusion about an illness and that wrong decision leads to additional health problems for a patient. A second situation is when a physician fails to test for a disease after having a reasonable suspicion of its existence. Misdiagnosis is very serious and can result in serious injury or even death. Though the medical industry has benefited from amazing advances in technology, the doctor’s mind is still essential to the success of medical treatment. The vast majority of doctors are good at their jobs and correctly diagnosis their patients, but the ones that make mistakes should be held accountable for the damage they cause.
Finally, the third variety of Mississippi malpractice claims, medication errors, can be broken down into several subcategories, including: (1) improper combinations of medications; (2) handwriting errors; (3) allergic reactions to medications; and (4) name mix-ups. Each one of these involves doctors or pharmacists prescribing medications that result in harm to a patient.
The legal questions at the center of all malpractice cases are: (1) did the doctor exercise care to same degree that a doctor in the same specialty and same community would have exercised; and (2) if not, did that failure cause the victim’s injuries? Each of these questions has to be answered and only an experienced Mississippi medical malpractice attorney can fully and accurately answer them.
The short window of time you have to file a medical malpractice claim, along with the difficulty of proving negligence on the part of a healthcare provider makes for a very complicated area of law. If you or someone you love has been injured because of negligence or error on the part of a physician or other healthcare provider, it is important that you speak with a Mississippi medical malpractice attorney who has the knowledge and skill to properly handle medical malpractice cases. Our attorneys have years of experience and have successfully obtained compensation for our clients who have been injured by medical error or negligence. Contact us today.