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Scottsdale Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If a patient is injured or killed by the negligence of a licensed medical professional, there may be a claim for medical malpractice. The attorneys at Bode & Collins, P.L.C. have achieved million dollar settlements and verdicts for their clients in medical malpractice cases in Arizona. Click the thumbnail below to learn more from our attorney Natalie Collins.

Scottsdale medical malpractice lawyer

According to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical errors are among the leading causes of death in the United States.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice refers to a negligent act or omission by a licensed medical professional that causes damage or harm to a patient. Some examples of medical errors that may give rise to a medical malpractice claim are:

  • Surgical Errors or Mishaps
  • Anesthesia Errors
  • Errors in Post-Operative Care
  • Injuries to Baby or Mother During Labor and Delivery (birth injuries)
  • Failure to Diagnose Medical Conditions (e.g. stroke or cancer)
  • Failing to Order a Necessary Test or Act on the Results of a Test
  • Nurse Negligence or Errors (e.g. failing to note a significant change in patient condition, giving medication to the wrong patient etc.)
  • Medication and Prescription Errors
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Failure to Timely Refer or Consult a Specialist
  • Emergency Room Errors
  • Hospital Administration Mistakes (e.g. negligent credentialing of physicians)
  • Hospital Negligence (e.g. inadequate training or supervision of employees)

If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of medical malpractice in Arizona, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Bode & Collins, P.L.C. today. We will investigate your potential claims and fight aggressively to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve. If there is no monetary recovery on your behalf there will be no cost to you.

 

Who Can Be Sued for Medical Malpractice?

Any licensed health care provider may be sued for malpractice. This includes medical doctors, osteopaths, nurses, physician assistants, chiropractors, pharmacists, hospitals, and others.

How Do I Know If I Have A Claim?

The first step in finding out whether you have a claim that is worth pursuing is to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Medical malpractice actions are costly to bring. They are also notoriously difficult cases to win. For example, recent data published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Aug., 2011) reveals that while most doctors will have been sued by age sixty-five, the overwhelming majority of those claims do not result in any payment to the plaintiff.

How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Under Arizona law, a claim for medical malpractice may become time barred and lost forever. As a general rule, the injured party has only two years from the date they knew or should have known of the negligence to bring a medical malpractice claim. For this and other reasons it is wise not to delay in retaining an experienced medical malpractice attorney to investigate your potential claims.

Scottsdale Medical Negligence Attorney

Medical negligence is one type of professional negligence.  Professionals, and those who work in jobs that require special skill, have special knowledge, skills, and training.  When doing their job, the law requires professionals to act in a reasonably careful and skillful manner in keeping with their special knowledge.

Medical negligence is not limited to doctors.  In Arizona, other licensed medical professionals can be sued for medical malpractice including:

  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses (LPNs and RNs)
  • Radiology Techs (e.g. X-Ray Operators)
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Hospital Employees
  • Federally Licensed Blood Bank, Blood Center, or Plasma Center
  • Medical Equipment Providers (if licensed by the Department of Health Services)

A patient may have a claim of medical malpractice against a licensed medical professional who negligently rendered services.

Negligent conduct isn’t an honest mistake.  It is conduct that is unreasonable in light of a medical professional’s knowledge, skills, and training.  It is conduct that no reasonable medical professional in the same or similar circumstances would engage in.  To be legally actionable as malpractice, there must be evidence of negligent conduct that caused a patient to be injured or die.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one and suspect that medical negligence was involved, contact the experienced Scottsdale medical negligence lawyers at Bode & Collins, P.L.C. today to schedule a free initial consultation. If we take your case we will front all costs and work on a contingency fee, meaning that we don’t get paid unless you do.

 

What Do I Have to Prove?

Most medical malpractice cases involve a claim that a medical professional was negligent in treating a patient. To prevail on that claim, the injured party (or plaintiff) must prove:

  • The professional owed the plaintiff a duty (for example, that a doctor-patient relationship existed);
  • The applicable standard of care and that the professional violated the standard of care;
  • A causal link between the negligence and the injury; and
  • Injury or harm to the plaintiff.

Why Choose Bode & Collins, P.L.C.?

The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Bode & Collins, P.L.C. are committed to helping patients with meritorious claims get the compensation they deserve. We will get the relevant medical records and help you figure out whether malpractice caused your injury.

If we take your case we will front all costs and work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t owe any attorneys’ fees if there is no settlement or verdict in your favor.

When you retain Bode & Collins, P.L.C. to fight for your rights, you get Chris Bode and Natalie Collins, not a junior lawyer who is just learning how to practice law. Combined our attorneys have more than forty years of litigation experience and have recovered millions of dollars for their clients in that time.

 

What if I Don’t Live In Scottsdale?

No Problem! We serve clients all over Arizona, including Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Avondale, Cave Creek, Prescott, Flagstaff, Bullhead City, Kingman, and Tucson.  We also work for clients who live in other states or countries who were injured by a licensed medical professional in Arizona while visiting or our state.

Although our offices are based in Scottsdale, the attorneys at Bode & Collins, P.L.C. litigate cases in all counties including Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County, and Yavapai County.

Scottsdale Medical Malpractice Lawyer – Offering Free Consultations!

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury that you believe was the result of medical negligence, call us at (480) 355-5020 today.  We would be happy to arrange a free, confidential consultation.