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. Watch this video to learn more.
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
- 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)
- Nurse negligence
- Medication and Prescription Errors
- Psychiatric Malpractice
- Emergency Room Errors
- Hospital Administration Mistakes (e.g. negligent credentialing of physicians)
- Hospital Negligence (e.g. indaequate training or supervision of employees)
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.
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.
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. At Bode & Collins, P.L.C. you meet with an attorney, not a paralegal or an investigator.
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.