Whether you are dealing with a medical emergency or ongoing health concerns, you deserve to feel as if your doctor is treating you with experience, care, and dignity. If you were harmed by the negligent actions of a doctor or other health care professional, you have legal options at your disposal. A medical malpractice lawyer from Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm can help.
Filing a medical malpractice claim is often a victim’s best option for legal and financial recourse. These types of claims can be complicated, though. At Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm, our medical malpractice lawyers have what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf. Our extensive knowledge and years of experience representing medical malpractice victims make us uniquely positioned to guide our clients to the most successful end possible.
Medical Malpractice at a Glance
The frequency of medical malpractice events is not insignificant. A 2016 study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine determined that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States.
- Medical errors contribute to an estimated 250,000 deaths every year.
- Only one out of every 50 victims of medical malpractice ever file a medical malpractice claim.
- Annually, an estimated 1.5 million people suffer nonfatal medical error injuries.
- Unnecessary surgeries kill approximately 12,000 people a year.
We believe that medical patients deserve better than risking their health and even their lives when visiting the doctor. Our medical malpractice lawyers have dedicated their professional careers to helping victims of health care negligence find justice.
Types of Medical Malpractice
At its most basic definition, medical malpractice is negligent behavior by a health care professional that causes harm to a patient. There are many different types of negligent behaviors that fall under the umbrella of this category. As medical malpractice attorneys, we have worked with clients harmed by some of the following examples of medical negligence.
Diagnostic errors typically fall into one of two categories: misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis. These two errors are often confused, but it is important to understand the distinction when pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Misdiagnosis – A misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor incorrectly identifies one illness as another.
- Missed diagnosis – A missed diagnosis occurs when a doctor fails to make a diagnosis despite the presence of an illness, disease, or other health concern.
Surgical errors are among some of the most dangerous forms of medical malpractice. Surgeons are named in more medical malpractice claims than any other type of doctor, and it is easy to see why when you consider all that can go wrong:
- Wrong-site surgery
- Leaving behind surgical tools
- Organ perforation
You are not alone after a surgical error. The medical malpractice attorneys at Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm are here to help.
Parents spend months preparing to welcome their children into the world. When an obstetrician/ gynecologist (OB/GYN) makes a mistake during the labor and delivery process, the resulting harm can last a lifetime. The following are some of the most common birth injuries:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus
- Fractured collarbones
- Oxygen deprivation
- Spinal cord injuries
There are many challenges to correctly valuing a birth injury claim. Symptoms or specialized medical needs might not appear until months or even years after a child’s birth, and you will want to be sure that any settlement will entirely cover the full extent of your child’s injuries and medical bills. The medical malpractice lawyers at Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm are familiar with the uniquely complicating factors in these types of claims.
Additional Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is a broad category that includes many acts of negligence in addition to those listed above. If you’ve been affected by any of the following, do not hesitate to reach out to a medical malpractice lawyer:
- Anesthesia error
- Emergency room error
- Delayed diagnosis
- Medication error
- Medical device error
- Medical record error
How a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
To successfully secure compensation in a medical malpractice claim, you must prove that a health care professional acted negligently. Establishing medical negligence is a complicated process during which you must establish that:
- There was a doctor/patient relationship.
- Your doctor deviated from the accepted standard of care.
- The doctor’s deviation from the standard of care caused your injuries.
Your medical malpractice attorney will collect and interpret all relevant documentation to show how your doctor’s actions caused you harm.
Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm Is Here for You
Recovering from an act of medical malpractice is not an easy or quick process. You may be dealing with additional complications on top of your existing health issues, and if you have to take any time off work, those lost wages will only compound any financial problems created by extra medical bills.
At Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm, we believe that every victim of a medical error deserves justice for the harm that has been caused. This includes compensation for things like medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more.
No matter the extent of your injuries, Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm can help. Do not delay—contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.