North Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Dedicated Advocacy for Victims of Medical Errors & Negligence
Many people don’t realize how common medical malpractice is in the United States. In fact, according to a study conducted by The National Practitioner Data Bank, over $4 billion was made in payouts related to medical malpractice in the U.S. in 2018 alone. And this only represents reported instances of medical malpractice in which a claim was filed.
It can be devastating to learn that a trusted medical professional and/or facility did not provide you with the standard level of care you expected and deserved. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we are committed to standing up for the rights of injured victims and their loved ones. Our North Carolina medical malpractice attorneys have handled many complex medical negligence cases; we know how to build a strong case and we are not afraid of pursuing justice and the fair recovery you are owed, even if that means taking your case to trial.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes should never happen. This is especially true when a patient’s life and well-being are in another person’s hands. Unfortunately, medical mistakes and negligence happen all the time. They can—and do—take many forms.
Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Pharmacy errors
- Birth injuries
- Nursing home negligence
Note that this list is not exhaustive. Any time a medical professional or medical facility fails to uphold the standard duty of care—which is the level of care another qualified medical professional/facility would have reasonably provided—medical malpractice occurs. Victims are entitled to seek justice and fair compensation for their damages, including physical pain, emotional suffering, and financial costs from medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Proving Liability in Medical Malpractice Cases
Providing liability in medical malpractice and negligence cases can be difficult because doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are human and mistakes are bound to happen. Just because a doctor fails to immediately recognize the symptoms of an extremely rare disease or does not heal someone with cancer does not mean he or she has committed malpractice.
To prove that medical malpractice has occurred, you will need to show that:
- The medical professional/facility in question owed you a duty of care. Showing that you were a patient and that a doctor-patient relationship existed is usually sufficient in proving that the doctor/facility owed you this duty of care.
- The medical professional/facility failed to uphold the standard duty of care. This means that the doctor/nurse/hospital/etc. did not take all reasonable action that another qualified individual would have taken. For example, if you visited an emergency room complaining of chest pain but the attending physician did not order tests to determine if you were having a heart attack, this could be ruled negligent and a failure to uphold the standard duty of care.
- You suffered injuries, illness, or complications as a result of the failure to uphold the standard duty of care. In the above example, if the attending physician ignored your symptoms and sent you home but you were, in fact, suffering a heart attack and this resulted in serious complications, you may take legal action. You cannot pursue a claim if you did not suffer any injuries, even if the doctor/facility was negligent.
- You suffered measurable damages as a result of your injuries/illness/complications. Damages may include things like the cost of additional medical treatment or medications, lost income/wages from time you had to take off work to recover, emotional distress, and more.
At Lanier Law Group, our North Carolina medical malpractice attorneys can evaluate the various aspects of your claim and determine if you have grounds for legal action. If so, we can help you begin building a case aimed at recovering the maximum compensation you are owed.
Put a Heavyweight in Your Corner
Taking on doctors, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, and other medical professionals and establishments is no easy task. You need an experienced legal team that knows how to quickly obtain medical records and gather other applicable evidence to support your claim. You need an attorney who is willing to fight for you and stand at your side until the conclusion of your case. You need Lanier Law Group.
Since 1997, we have been helping injured individuals throughout North Carolina fight for the fair recovery they were owed. With multiple office locations throughout the state, we are fully prepared to help you, too. There is no fee until we successfully secure compensation on your behalf.