Montgomery Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you were injured in Montgomery, Alabama because of a physician or other medical professional’s carelessness or recklessness, do not hesitate to learn more about your rights. If that professional failed to uphold their duty of care toward you and caused you harm, you may have the right to pursue compensation.
Medical Malpractice in Montgomery, AL
Montgomery, AL is home to numerous hospitals, including Baptist Medical Center South and Jackson Hospital. It also hosts medical school campuses, such as the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine Montgomery Regional Medical Campus.
You can receive excellent medical care throughout Montgomery County. However, not every facility, physician, or nurse is infallible. Serious medical errors occur throughout the United States, including in Alabama and Montgomery. These medical errors can cause you harm, from minor to catastrophic injuries.
Medical Malpractice Standard of Care
Doctors and other medical professionals are required to provide a certain standard of care to you and their other patients. A standard of care, also called a duty of care, is a legal requirement regarding how certain individuals should treat others they have a particular relationship with. For instance, all drivers owe other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians a certain standard of care in order to maintain safe roads and avoid accidents.
Physicians owe a different standard of care defined by the Alabama Medical Liability Act. Under Section 6-5-548(a), health care providers are required to “exercise such 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 your physician did not treat you in the way another physician with a similar background and practice area would, and you suffered an injury, then you may have a medical malpractice claim.
Elements of a Medical Malpractice Claim
In short, a medical malpractice claim requires evidence of:
- A physician-patient relationship;
- Medical care that is inconsistent with Alabama’s standard of care; and
- The breach of the duty of care caused you a compensable injury.
Proving Medical Negligence in Montgomery
It can be extremely difficult to prove medical malpractice. The doctor or other medical professional may try to cover up their mistake and insurance companies will deny responsibility.
The Montgomery medical malpractice lawyers of Belt & Bruner, P.C. can help. We understand the difficulties of malpractice cases and have experience investigating these issues and working with medical experts to prove your case.
For example, if a doctor fails to properly diagnose you, they may claim that you didn’t give them all of your symptoms. However, we will comb through medical records and show that they should have had enough information about your condition to make a diagnosis or refer you to a specialist.
Medical Malpractice Compensation
If you are able to prove that you were harmed due to medical malpractice, then you may pursue compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit or settlement. You can get money for a variety of damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earning potential
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death
It can be extremely difficult to calculate your full damages following a medically negligent incident. Your special or economic damages can be totaled from your bills and other documentation. However, your general damages – your non-economic injuries – are not as simple. You do not have a bill for the cost of your physical pain. There is no pre-determined value for your mental anguish.
The experienced lawyers of Belt & Bruner, P.C. are here to help with this issue. We are well-versed in various methods used to value general damages. We can explain your options and discuss the potential value of your whole claim.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Frequently Handle
Medication errors are relatively common and can happen in numerous situations. You can experience a serious medication error while admitted to a hospital or other medical facility. A physician may prescribe the wrong drug or dosage, or a nurse may administer the wrong drug or the correct drug the wrong way. Anesthesia errors can also be dangerous. When medications are given in the wrong dose or through an inappropriate method, the consequences can be devastating.
You can also experience a medication error through the pharmacist. Your pharmacist may fail to discuss potential drug interactions with you, or fail to notice that the newest prescription could interact with your other medications. A pharmacist could also dispense the incorrect drug or the wrong dosage or method of the right drug.
When you go to your doctor or the emergency room (ER), you expect to find out what is wrong with you. However, if a physician or other professional is careless, you may receive an incorrect diagnosis or leave without one at all. Both of these scenarios can lead to significant injury and harm.
If you suffer an incorrect diagnosis, you may go through unnecessary and risky medical procedures. You may also end up taking drugs you do not need, and those unnecessary medications could have serious side effects. A late diagnosis allows your condition to worsen, which could make it much harder to treat.
When you are admitted to the hospital, you expect to find out what is wrong and get better. The entire purpose of going to the ER or being admitted to the hospital is to receive medical treatment that should improve or cure your condition. Unfortunately, hospitals are extremely busy places. If physicians and nurses are not on top of their game, their recklessness could cause you harm. An improperly labeled chart, a miscommunication, or some other seemingly small error could be devastating for you and your family. Call Belt & Bruner, P.C. as soon as possible if you suffered from a medical mistake while in these Montgomery hospitals or others:
- Jackson Hospital
- Baptist Medical Center
- River Regions Health Center
- Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
- Prattville Baptist Hospital
Going through a surgical procedure is nerve-wracking enough before thinking about the potential mistakes that could occur. An anesthesiologist could intubate you incorrectly. The nurses could prepare for the correct procedure on the wrong limb. The surgeon could perform the incorrect operation.
While some of these examples are extreme surgical mistakes, errors frequently occur during operations. If your surgical team makes a mistake and you suffer from an injury because of it, the best thing you can do is speak with a medical malpractice attorney about your option to file a medical malpractice claim.
Pregnancy and childbirth are often treated as routine medical matters. The truth is that pregnancy and childbirth are quite risky. There are innumerable things that can go wrong for the mother and fetus. Without proper monitoring and care throughout the pregnancy and during birth, the risk of serious injury to both you and your child may be significant.
Resources For Medical Malpractice Victims Who Have Been Injured
If you have been hurt by a medical provider, you should first reach out to a lawyer who will guide you through the process of making a claim.
Filing a Complaint
We can also help with filing a complaint with:
- Alabama Board of Medical Examiners
- Alabama Board of Dental Examiners
- Alabama Board of Optometry
- Alabama State Board of Podiatry
- Alabama Board of Pharmacy
Seeking a Second Opinion
If you’ve been wrongfully treated or harmed by a medical professional, you may need a second opinion. We frequently work with respected medical providers who will give you the best care.
You can also find a medical provider for a second opinion through the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Medical/Health Care/Social Assistance search page.
Our Montgomery Medical Malpractice Lawyers Will Fight for You
When you or a loved one go to a physician for help, you are entitled to the best care that physician is able to provide based on their education and the current standard practices in the relevant area of medicine. If you do not receive care in line with the latest standards and this results in your condition worsening or you’re suffering a new injury, contact a Montgomery personal injury attorney at Belt & Bruner, P.C. as soon as possible. We will conduct an in-depth investigation into your situation, determine who is liable, and fight for you to receive fair compensation for your claim.
Contact us today at (334) 513-1841 to schedule your initial, free consultation with an Montgomery medical malpractice lawyer today. We provide legal services to injury victims throughout Alabama through our law offices in Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile.