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Physicians and other medical professionals make the wrong call on a consistent basis, yet this is not necessarily malpractice. They must use their professional judgment every day, and making the wrong choice does not mean they provided substandard care. However, there are many times when a physician’s mistake was avoidable and is malpractice.
When you are harmed as the result of careless or reckless medical care, you deserve to seek justice and compensation. We are here to help. Our medical malpractice lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. are here to represent you in proving you were the victim of medical malpractice and fighting for you to receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law. To discuss your claim, contact us via our online form or call 205-933-1500 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is not simply a mistake or a significant side effect. It is a failure to provide reasonable care that results in harm.
A medical malpractice claim exists when:
- There was a patient-physician relationship
- The physician failed to provide medical care in accordance with Alabama’s medical standard of care
- That breach of the physician’s standard of care harmed the patient
If you believe you were not treated in the way that you should have been, or the physician was careless or reckless when treating you, then you should contact our medical malpractice attorneys at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. immediately. These types of cases can be challenging to prove, which is why you need to work with an experienced legal team who has a track record of success with medical malpractice claims.
Alabama’s Medical Malpractice Standard
Your medical malpractice claim hinges on whether or not your physician followed Alabama’s medical standard of care. If they adhered to this standard when treating you, then you are unlikely to receive compensation. Your medical provider will claim that the harm caused you was simply a potential side effect and known risk. However, if there is evidence of medical negligence, then you may have the right to compensation for your physical, psychological, and financial injuries.
Medical providers in Alabama have a specific standard of care to adhere to. For you to win a medical malpractice claim, the Alabama Medical Liability Act (AMLA) Section 6-5-548(a) dictates that you provide substantial evidence that a “health care provider failed to exercise reasonable care, skill, and diligence as other similarly situated health care providers in the same general line of practice ordinarily have and exercise in a like case.”
If you believe the physician taking care of you did not give you the reasonable care, skill, and diligence you were entitled to, which led to you suffering an injury, then contact our medical malpractice lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. right away.
Common Reasons for Medical Malpractice Claims
Physicians and other medical providers can make all types of medical mistakes that harm patients. However, we often see medical malpractice claims arise due to:
- Hospital Errors – Careless or reckless mistakes by hospital employees, including physicians, techs, nurses, nursing assistants, and other personnel.
- Birth Injuries – Errors made during a woman’s pregnancy or the birth, which result in harm to the mother or infant.
- Pharmaceutical Malpractice – Patients may receive the incorrect drug, the wrong amount of a drug, or receive a drug administered in an improper way. These errors may be the fault of a pharmacist, a pharmacy tech, physicians, or nurses.
- Diagnosis Errors – A doctor may fail to accurately and efficiently diagnose a medical condition or injury, enabling the harm to worsen and possibly putting the patient through unnecessary and risky treatments.
- Surgical Errors – Surgeons and their teams may make any number of errors, including operating on the wrong person, operating on the wrong body part, performing the wrong operation, and failing to properly sedate the patient.
Proving Medical Malpractice
To establish that you were harmed by medical malpractice, you need to work with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer and medical experts. You must be able to offer evidence that your doctor’s actions were not what another similar physician would have done in the situation. You need a physician within the same practice area to testify regarding the best practices in diagnosing and treating your condition or injury. For example, if the negligent physician was an obstetrician who caused your child to suffer a birth defect, then you will need to work with another obstetrician to obtain an expert opinion on how to best handle a pregnancy and birth like yours.
Proving medical malpractice can be difficult because of all the different ways physicians may interpret diagnostic test results and other symptoms. However, at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., we have a proven track record of success within medical malpractice claims. We do not let medical professional get away with calling everything a matter of their judgment or discretion. We have the medical knowledge, resources, and connections with medical experts you need to obtain evidence of negligent care. To discuss your case and how to prove what happened to you was more than a typical side effect, contact our malpractice lawyers today.
Medical Malpractice Compensation
If you are able to prove you suffered a personal injury due to negligent medical care, then you may pursue compensation for your:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning potential
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Loss of quality of life
Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims
If you believe you were harmed by negligent medical care, you need to call us right away. How long you have to file a medical malpractice case depends on when you discovered the injury and your age.
If you were 18 years or older when you were injured and discovered the harm right away, then you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. However, if, as an adult, it took you more than two years to discover the harm caused you may have been caused by negligence, then you only have six months to file a claim. You need to speak with a malpractice lawyer right away. Regardless of when you discover the claim, you cannot file a medical malpractice case more than four years after the date the injury occurred.
If you or your child was between the age of 5 and 17 years old, then they have four years to file a claim. If your child was under the age of 4 when they were injured, you have until their eighth birthday to file a claim.
Let Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Help You
If you believe a doctor or other medical provider made a serious mistake and caused you harm, you should speak with an attorney. At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., we offer free consultations so you face no risk in getting an experienced and objective lawyer’s opinion about your situation. If what we hear sounds like you may have a valid claim, then we will thoroughly investigate and gather evidence on your behalf. We will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve under the law.