New Orleans Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Holding Doctors Accountable For Negligence
We expect our doctors to “get it right” whenever we are injured or ill. We expect physicians to quickly diagnose health issues and provide appropriate treatment. It’s often hard to comprehend that a healthcare professional could ever be wrong, but it happens from time to time.
Doctors are often seen as perfect, but they make mistakes, just like every human. The main difference, though, is that a medical mistake can result in serious medical issues. It can even be deadly. This is called medical malpractice and it is actually much more common than you may realize. If you have suffered damages due to a doctor’s mistake, you may be able to receive compensation. However, medical malpractice cases are complex and hard to win on your own.
That’s why you need the right legal help on your side. A New Orleans medical malpractice lawyer from Palazzo Law Firm can help you with the process so that you get the compensation you deserve.
With these cases, we want to send a clear message to the medical industry that negligence will not be tolerated. We want to get you fair compensation for the harm you have suffered because of a medical professional’s negligence. This is no simple task, contact us today to learn more.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can happen in many forms. Some examples include:
- When a healthcare professional fails to properly diagnose a patient’s medical condition, or diagnoses them with the wrong condition, it can lead to delayed or incorrect treatment. This can cause further harm.
- Surgical errors. Surgical errors are common. They may include performing the wrong procedure, operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical tools or sponges inside the patient, or making mistakes during anesthesia administration.
- Medication errors. These errors can include dosage errors or prescribing the wrong medication altogether. A doctor may also cause harm by not considering a patient’s allergies or possible drug-drug interactions.
- Childbirth injuries. Babies are born every day, but doctors still make mistakes in this area of medicine. They may fail to monitor the mother and baby’s vital signs during labor, fail to detect fetal distress, or improperly use medical instruments during delivery (such as forceps or vacuum extractors).
- Nursing home abuse and neglect. Abuse and neglect are common among vulnerable nursing home patients. They may suffer physical or emotional abuse. Their basic hygiene and medical needs may be neglected. Staff members may also be negligent by failing to prevent falls and other accidents.
- Failure to obtain informed consent. Patients have the right to know the risks and benefits of a procedure or treatment. They must also give their informed consent before it is performed. If a healthcare professional fails to obtain proper consent, it can be considered medical malpractice.
The Medical Malpractice Claim Process
The process begins by bringing the case in front of a medical review panel. This is a panel made up of doctors that will decide if the claim is valid. The reality is that most medical malpractice cases are shut down at this stage. Our personal injury attorneys do not take this part of the process lightly. We come in thoroughly prepared with all the necessary facts, ready to ask questions and push back. When we take a case, it means we believe in it and are ready to work hard. We have earned an impressive record of having cases approved at this stage.
The work we do in preparation for the medical review panel then forms the building blocks of our medical malpractice case, which we will pursue to the highest level. These tend to be highly contested cases, and we build them with trial in mind. We are ready to argue in front of a judge and jury on your behalf and fight for the money you deserve.
From our law office in Gretna, we represent victims of medical malpractice in the New Orleans metropolitan area, and throughout the Gulf South region of Louisiana.
Negligence And A Bad Result Are Two Different Things
One of the reasons why medical malpractice claims are so challenging, and why so many of them come to an end in the review panel, is because a bad result is a distinct possibility in most medical procedures, even if everything is done correctly. In other words, just because someone was hurt does not automatically mean a medical professional was negligent.
In order to succeed in these cases, we must prove that the doctor or another medical professional acted negligently and that negligence resulted in harm to the patient. This often requires working with one or more experts in various fields of medicine. Not only does it require gathering every fact and examining it under the microscope of the medical field’s standard of care, it means being able to present those facts in court in a way that a jury can understand. We have proven our ability to do this over the course of 20-plus years.
Free Consultation About Your Medical Malpractice Claim
At Palazzo Law Firm, our New Orleans medical malpractice lawyers fight to hold doctors, nurses and other medical professionals accountable. Medical malpractice is a complex issue. Not all medical mistakes are considered malpractice. Plus, courts and juries often favor doctors, so winning such a case is not an easy task. If you have been affected, contact an experienced New Orleans medical malpractice lawyer from Palazzo Law Firm today. We will work aggressively to hold the appropriate health care professionals accountable for their actions. Schedule a consultation today by calling 504-433-1442 or filling out the online form.