Most doctors and nurses are good people who give excellent care. However, pressure from insurance companies and hospital administrators, along with the doctors’ desire to maximize their income, can result in some medical professionals seeing too many patients. And that can lead to mistakes and medical malpractice. Unfortunately the patient often pays for these mistakes with his health, or even his life. Medical malpractice is a real health risk in America today.
Even though medical mistakes are all too common, the doctor or hospital rarely pays for the damages caused by the medical malpractice. One reason for this is that proof of the malpractice comes from the medical records, and it is the potential defendants who create the records. Rarely do they admit the mistakes they make. Additionally, most of the time the insurance companies fight tooth and nail before they pay a claim. This means the plaintiff must file suit and hire expensive experts to prove the case. In most instances the defendants won’t make a fair offer to settle the case until just before trial. Often this means the plaintiff has had to spend over $100,000 for experts and other litigation expenses before she gets the first meaningful offer of settlement-if there is ever an offer. Consequently, unless a person has been severely injured or killed, the costs are usually too high to pursue a malpractice case.
In spite of the challenges we believe it is important to hold doctors and nurses accountable for their mistakes. At Barron & Berry we have the experience and resources to pursue malpractice cases. In most instances, if we take a case we will advance the money necessary for the litigation expenses. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a medical mistake, we will be glad to talk with you at no charge. We have helped people with the following problems:
- Emergency Department mistakes
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Prescription errors
- Brain injuries
- Bed sores