Memphis Medical Malpractice Attorney
Were you or a loved one injured by a medical mistake?
Reaves Law Firm represents individuals who have suffered undue harm because of the negligent or careless actions of their doctors, hospitals, or others in the medical field. Medical practitioners are held to high standards, and rightfully so. A mistake in their field can directly result in physical harm to patients, and sometimes even death. If you can prove that the medical professional’s conduct fell below the accepted standard of care, then you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Adverse events happen in the medical field every day, not all of which constitute medical malpractice lawsuits. In both cases, the patient suffers some sort of harm. The major difference is that in cases of medical malpractice, that harm could have been avoided had the medical professional taken the actions that any other medical professional would have under similar circumstances.
Here are some examples of common reasons medical malpractice lawsuits are filed:
- Misdiagnosis- doctor fails to give an accurate diagnosis, doctor fails to give a diagnosis at all, misreads diagnostic tests, or delays diagnosis.
- Surgical errors- surgeon fails to provide the acceptable level of care and causes harm to the patient because of improper heart monitoring, improper management of distress signals, or retained medical instruments, for example.
- Emergency room mistakes- these can include hospital acquired infections, improper triage, delayed treatment, and improper procedure.
How long do I have to file?
In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for most injury cases, including medical malpractice, is one year. This means that, after the date of your injury (or date the harm was discovered), you have one year to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations may be different depending on the circumstances unique to your case, so get in touch with a Memphis personal injury lawyer at Reaves Law Firm as soon as possible.
Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case
Generally, medical malpractice cases have the following elements in common:
- There was an established doctor-patient relationship
- The doctor was negligent – their actions (or inaction) fell below the accepted standard of care
- The patient sustained harm (injury or death)
- The doctor’s negligence directly caused or contributed to the patient harm
Medical malpractice cases are among the most complex plaintiff injury cases there are. Your attorney will not only have to be well-versed in the law, but in the medical field as well. To learn about Reaves Law Firm’s experience handling medical malpractice cases, get in touch with us today. Your initial consultation is free!