Although patients trust their doctors, hospitals, and other care providers to prioritize their health and wellbeing, medical mistakes are a reality. While medical malpractice and related injuries are fairly rare, and many patients get the care they need without concern, the people who are hurt by negligent doctors or facilities often suffer very serious consequences. However, they do have legal rights to hold negligent care providers responsible for the pain and injuries they have caused.
The attorneys with Holton Law Firm understand that it can be difficult to speak out about something a doctor did or a medical outcome that “just didn’t seem right.” However, we have also seen how medical mistakes devastate families, bury them in financial obligations, and continue to complicate their lives after they’ve already been through so much. This is why we take on cases from injured patients and surviving family members across Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas who have suffered from:
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Childbirth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Emergency room errors
- Inappropriate discharge from a hospital
- Infections and other post-care complications
- Medication errors
If you or a family member has questions about the actions of a doctor or the outcome of a medical procedure, don’t wait any longer to start getting answers. For immediate assistance with your concerns, you can contact our experienced attorneys at 888-443-4387.
Who Is Responsible for Medical Errors?
There are many people who take part in the care of a patient, whether that patient is in a nursing home, going in for surgery, or attending a yearly checkup. The care team for a patient might include:
- Other care providers and staff
- Hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities
Each person involved in a patient’s care has a responsibility to that patient, whether it involves diagnosing a problem, providing the right dosage of medication, taking steps to prevent infection, developing safe protocols and procedures, or following those protocols and procedures. When healthcare providers and facilities fail to do so, they may be held responsible for medical malpractice.
How Can Tennessee Patients Recover From Medical Malpractice?
The law allows the people hurt by the mistakes or poor judgment of healthcare providers to seek financial compensation for what they have been through. This means that injured patients may have the right to recover compensation for:
- Past, present, and future medical costs
- Lost wages and loss of the ability to work in the future
- Disability and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
When a medical mistake results in the death of a patient, the surviving family members may have the legal right to seek compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Funeral costs
- Loss of the relationship with a parent, spouse, or child
- Loss of income from the deceased family member
While it’s not always easy to “put a number” on the losses and pain that a person has gone through, attorneys, medical experts, and financial experts can help build a strong case and make sure that families are compensated fairly under the law for a tragic medical mistake.
Why Patients and Families Hurt by Medical Malpractice Don’t Take Action
While laws exist that allow injured victims of negligent doctors to recover compensation and hold care providers responsible, many victims don’t assert their rights. Most people don’t know a lot about medical malpractice law or what to expect from a claim, and they may hesitate to seek help because they are intimidated by:
- Complicated laws. The laws that provide the rights for patients who are hurt by negligent doctors or hospitals aren’t always clear. Many patients are either unaware that they may be able to hold a medical provider liable for their injuries and losses, and other just aren’t sure how those rights work in a practical sense. Unfortunately, misunderstandings about the law or about victims’ rights after medical malpractice can keep victims from speaking up about what has happened to them.
- Fear. Sometimes, patients are hesitant to file a medical malpractice claim because they just aren’t sure what to expect, have a long-standing relationship with the doctor or hospital, worry that no one will believe them, or are simply overwhelmed with injuries and grief. Unfortunately, this fear often keeps them from investigating their rights and getting the help they need.
- Time limits. Determining how long you have to file a medical malpractice claim in Tennessee can be confusing. While affected patients generally have one year to file a claim, there are circumstances that could extend or limit that time period. Additionally, medical malpractice cases generally take a long time for attorneys and experts to investigate and prepare, so it’s important to act as quickly as possible or risk losing your right to seek compensation.
- Lack of experienced legal representation. Doctors, hospitals, and their insurance companies often have access to well-respected medical experts and highly trained attorneys. The victims of medical malpractice should have the same. Not all lawyers have the knowledge, skill, and financial resources to advocate successfully for victims in these kinds of cases. This is why it is important that individuals and families take the time to look for an attorney who really understands medical malpractice cases and victims’ concerns.
A Respected Memphis Law Firm That Fights for Injured Patients’ Rights
Start getting the answers you need today. The experienced attorneys with Holton Law Firm serve clients through Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. We have the skills and resources to handle complex medical cases successfully, and we focus on making sure that the victims of malpractice and their families are informed, prepared, and ready to move forward. To learn more, or to schedule a free case review with one of our attorneys, contact our Memphis law office today at 888-443-4387.