Unfortunately, complications during and after medical intervention are a common occurrence. Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of injury in the U.S. If you suspect that a healthcare provider’s negligence was the cause of your problems, you should investigate it immediately.
Thomas Keel & Laird can help. Our Medical Malpractice team is experienced in handling complex medical injury claims, and we can help to determine whether your injuries were the result of negligence.
Medical malpractice cases arise when medical professional delivers care that falls below accepted standards of practice. This is called a violation of the standard of care.
When providers give care that is substandard, patients can be seriously harmed or even die. Medical malpractice is a complex area of law, covering a wide range of circumstances and situations.
Sometimes people confuse medical malpractice injuries with personal injury claims, and believe that any personal injury lawyer can handle any medical malpractice case. Medical negligence cases are actually very different than personal injury claims, and they require a different skill set to handle.
Some lawyers advertise for medical malpractice cases, but then refer the cases out to another firm with experience in this area or associate with another firm who actually does the work on your case. This happens because medical malpractice claims tend to be more complex both legally and because of complex medical
They are also usually much more expensive, and may take much longer to resolve than the average personal injury claim. As a result of tort reform, most states now also have special laws that apply to medical malpractice cases, and not to other types of civil lawsuits. These laws may impose different or additional deadlines on your case, may limit the damages you can recover, or place other hurdles in the path of pursuing your medical malpractice claim, which creates a minefield for lawyers who are not experienced at handling complex medical malpractice cases. Thomas Keel & Laird is nationally recognized as a leader in plaintiffs’ medical malpractice litigation. This means we are especially well-equipped help you with your medical malpractice case. Our lawyers are admitted to practice in a number of different states, and are ready to help you investigate your case, and we have the expertise and resources needed to handle your case from investigation through trial.
The negligent medical professional owed a duty of care to the injured party, i.e. a doctor/patient relationship.
The medical professional failed to meet, or deviated from, an acceptable standard of care owed to the patient.
There is a clear link between the healthcare professional’s negligent act and/or omission and the patient’s injury.
Determining the potential value of your medical malpractice case is an important part of the work we do in representing you. Value in this context is not a personal judgment of you, but rather, a judgment of what damages are able to be recovered for you, based on a number of factors. Each state has its own rules about how much money a plaintiff injured by medical malpractice can recover for their injuries. Some states do not place limits on damages, and others do.
Some state with limits on damages limit only certain kinds of damages and not others. What this means is that the value of your claim in Texas or New Mexico might be vastly different from the value of the exact same claim in Minnesota, Illinois, or Maryland. Here are just a few of the factors that impact the value of medical malpractice claims: