Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice litigation is complex and requires a significant investment of time and resources. For these reasons, many personal injury firms do not represent clients who have been injured by medical negligence. At Hilbrich Law Firm, we take on these challenging cases and give them the attention and skill they deserve.
On this page, we’ve answered some of the questions clients most often ask us about medical malpractice. After reading through the answers, you can ask us your own questions during a free initial consultation.
Is any bad medical outcome a sign of malpractice?
No, it’s not. Even when doctors do everything right, a patient can still experience injury or even death. Malpractice occurs when a medical provider deviates from the expected standard of care and harms a patient as a result. The standard of care is the care a reasonable professional in the same field would have delivered under identical circumstances.
What are some examples of medical malpractice?
There are numerous types of errors and harms that commonly result in med mal claims, including:
- Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors (such as operating on the wrong body part or leaving surgical tools inside the body after surgery)
- Medication errors (wrong drug, wrong dose, etc.)
- Anesthesia errors
Our attorneys have represented a wide array of clients in medical malpractice litigation, and we are highly knowledgeable about each of these categories of malpractice.
What are expert witnesses, and how are they used in litigation?
Because the field of medicine is so specialized and technical, malpractice attorneys must often collaborate with medical professionals who can serve as expert witnesses in the case. They provide testimony about what the expected standard of care is and how the defendant physician violated it.
Our firm maintains a strong network of expert witnesses to help us build compelling cases on behalf of our medical malpractice clients.
Who can be held liable for medical malpractice?
Physicians and hospitals are most often the named defendants in these lawsuits, but plaintiffs can also bring cases against nursing staff, pharmacists, anesthesiologists, dentists and most other types of medical providers. Who can be held liable in a given case depends on the details of the incident. We will work to identify all potentially negligent parties in order to maximize your chances of a successful financial recovery.