Some figures estimate that medical errors have become the third leading cause of death in America, claiming nearly as many lives as heart failure and kidney disease. Many medical mistakes are minor, leading to nothing more than some discomfort and delayed suffering. However, other medical errors can have tragic consequences. At DODD HENRY, we have experience helping the victims of medical malpractice recover financial compensation for their injuries.
Throughout Oklahoma, our team of dedicated legal professionals will work tirelessly to research and investigate your injuries to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a type of negligence. However, the law considers malpractice different in key ways. Consider that when you are driving and someone runs a red light, the average person serving on a jury will have no difficulty understanding why the other driver was at-fault in causing the crash. It’s because we all know it is wrong to run red lights.
On the other hand, when a physician or surgeon makes an error, the average person would normally have insufficient knowledge or expertise to really make a credible determination about whether the actions were appropriate or not. Thus, the law says that malpractice happens when the medical professional violates or deviates from the “standard of care” in some way. Therefore, you must first prove what the applicable standards would be for that particular type of healthcare professional. Then you must show that the defendant deviated from that in some way.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
There are many ways a healthcare professional can violate the standard of care. But there are some examples that seem to occur more often than others. These include:
Importance of Getting Help Early
Even more than usual, it is very important to talk to a lawyer early. If you suspect that you have suffered a serious injury due to a medical error, an attorney will need to investigate the matter to make a clear determination about what caused the injuries. This can take time.
How a Lawyer Can Help
A medical malpractice attorney can help you recover compensation by:
Aggressive litigation and trial representation. If your case must go to trial, you want an attorney who has done it before many times. Roger Dodd has won many large verdicts in his career, and he is nationally recognized as a leading attorney who routinely speaks and lectures on trial advocacy.
Investigating your injury. This starts by gathering any medical records, billing statements, photographs, witness statements, or other evidence that could help to support your case.
Consulting with experts. Next, because medical negligence requires a high level of expertise, a lawyer will review your case with medical experts who can help to put things in perspective and explain where things went wrong and who is to blame.
Negotiating with defendants and insurance companies. While most medical malpractice cases are hotly contested and must be litigated, there are times when a clear mistake can be resolved through open and skillful settlement negotiations.
Getting Help With Your Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Case
With offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Norman, DODD HENRY is available to help wherever you are. Call us today to schedule a free and private consultation, and we can help you better understand your rights and options. We never take a fee unless we succeed, so you have nothing to lose.
Our negligence lawyers work diligently to identify potentially liable actions to include:
The statutes of limitations for medical malpractice in Oklahoma is typically two years from the date of injury or the negligent act that resulted in the patient’s demise. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers can explain any exceptions during your initial consultation but the need exists to act in a timely manner to protect your rights for recovery.Learn More