Biloxi Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical malpractice concerns both patients and healthcare providers. Patients worry about receiving subpar care, while more and more medical professionals feel pressured to practice defensive medicine to avoid a lawsuit. The anxiety over medical malpractice is not without basis — negligence by doctors, nurses, surgeons and other practitioners can lead to severe, even life-ending injuries or conditions. In fact, the Institute of Medicine reports that more than 100,000 patients die annually as a result of medical errors and even more suffer non-fatal conditions.
When malpractice does occur in Gulfport or elsewhere in Mississippi, our Biloxi medical malpractice lawyers move swiftly to provide victims with award-winning representation and personalized counsel. At Van Cleave Law, our firm recognizes your need for recovery, and we could work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice in Mississippi
Injuries resulting from medical malpractice can range from mild to fatal and include birth injuries, wrongful births and emergency medical errors. Consider the following medical negligence categories and their potential effects:
- Surgical errors—Negligent mistakes by surgeons, such as careless pre- or postoperative planning or errors made in the operating room can cause a patient undue pain, injury, distress and even death.
- Misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose—Doctors are responsible for thoroughly examining patients and taking complete medical histories. If a patient suffers because a doctor fails to diagnose an illness correctly or at all, the doctor may be negligent.
- Medication errors—If doctors make mistakes prescribing, dosing or administering drugs or combine medications that produce dangerous drug interactions, they can be found negligent. Additionally, a pharmacist who incorrectly fills or distributes a prescription could be liable.
- Failure to monitor—A physician who fails to monitor the condition or recovery of a patient could easily miss warning signs of complications, especially those that worsen rapidly. For example, a patient who develops a dangerous blood clot following surgery could die without timely detection and treatment.
If you or your loved one is the victim of medical malpractice, you do not have unlimited time to file a lawsuit. For community hospitals, the statute of limitations is one year, and for private hospitals, the statute of limitations is two years making it important to contact a Biloxi medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
Requirements For a Claim
Prior to filing a medical malpractice claim, you should speak with a skilled lawyer. An experienced attorney can explain that to prove medical malpractice, you must show that you and the defendant had a doctor-patient relationship, that the defendant acted negligently and that the negligence caused you actual harm. To establish negligence, you or your Biloxi medical malpractice attorney must show that the defendant deviated from the standard of care for the medical community and, in doing so, caused you injury.
Mississippi Medical Damage Caps
The cap for noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases is $500,000. Therefore, if a jury finds the doctor or hospital guilty of medical malpractice, the maximum amount of compensation you can receive for pain and suffering is $500,000. This cap does not apply to past medical expenses, future medical bills, lost wages or reimbursement for any limitations on your ability to earn a living because of the medical mistake.
How a Biloxi Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
Have you suffered an injury due to possible doctor negligence, and do you need to speak with a Biloxi medical malpractice attorney? We can help. After a serious personal injury, financial loss or insured loss, you need a lawyer who knows how to present your best case in court. We can begin to evaluate your case today. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 228.432.7826 or contact us online. We serve clients in Biloxi, Gulfport, and throughout Mississippi.