Were You A Victim Of Medical Malpractice? Trust Your Case To Our Experienced Fort Dodge Attorneys.
Medical malpractice occurs when an individual is injured while under the care of a negligent medical professional or institution. Doctors, surgeons, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, clinics or hospitals may be considered liable for the injuries.
If you have sustained an injury due to medical treatment that did not meet the generally accepted standard of care, let us help you. At the law firm of Johnson, Mulholland, Cochrane, Cochrane, Yung & Engler, P.L.C., we are highly experienced in the litigation of medical malpractice claims. Our lawyers will work with you through every stage of proceedings to protect your rights and help you seek accountability and compensation.
Medical Negligence Can Occur In Nearly Any Health Care Setting
Attorney Neven J. Mulholland confidently handles a wide range of medical malpractice cases for our firm, including claims alleging:
- Physician errors
- Surgical errors
- Nursing errors
- Hospital negligence
- Emergency room errors
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose (cancer, stroke, heart attack)
- Birth injuries impacting babies and mothers
- Medication errors
- Pharmacy errors
- Failure to properly treat
- Dental malpractice
Unfortunately, many medical malpractice cases prove to be fatal for patients. Our firm handles wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of the surviving family members who wish to hold the negligent parties responsible for their losses.
The Process Involved In Hiring A Medical Malpractice Attorney In Webster County, Iowa
Before you pursue a medical malpractice claim, you first need to determine if your case is actionable. Can you prove negligence? Here are the steps we take at the very beginning of the process with our prospective medical malpractice clients:
- Meeting for an initial consultation to discuss what happened and who may have been at fault
- Gathering relevant documents and evidence to support the allegations
- Investigating the claim and building a case strategy
We can assess the potential for your case during your free initial consultation at our office. This meeting also gives you the opportunity to meet our lawyers and determine if we are a good fit for you.
If we determine that you likely have an actionable claim, we can explain your options and begin making a determination on how to handle your case. Whether we pursue litigation or work with the negligent party to reach a settlement, our medical malpractice attorneys keep your best interests in mind at all times.
Common Misconceptions About Medical Malpractice
There is a lot of misinformation surrounding this area of law. Below, we have debunked some of the most common misconceptions:
Myth: All bad outcomes are evidence of medical malpractice.
The truth: A patient can suffer serious injury or death even if doctors did everything right. There are countless variables in health care, many of which are outside of anyone’s control. In order for a patient harm to be considered malpractice, the provider must have failed to delivered the standard of care that a reasonable physician would have delivered under the same circumstances.
Myth: Patients only file medical malpractice lawsuits as a “money grab.”
Truth: When a patient has been harmed or a loved one has been killed by medical negligence, compensation is both necessary and appropriate. This is rarely the primary motivation, however. In many cases, clients sue out of desperation because doctors and hospitals refuse to discuss what went wrong, accept any responsibility or even express sympathy for the patient and their family. Getting a lawyer involved is sometimes the only way to learn the facts.
Myth: Most claims are frivolous and have no merit.
Truth: Pursuing a medical malpractice claim is often a years-long process that requires a significant investment of time and resources on the part of the attorney. Even then, there is no guarantee that the case will be won or favorably settled. These cases are tough to win, which means that the vast majority of attorneys only take claims that have significant merit.
Why It Is So Important To Work With A Reputable And Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer
As explained above, medical malpractice litigation is highly complex and requires a major investment of time and resources. The attorney you hire must be able to understand complicated medical concepts and simplify them for the benefit of jurors who have no medical training. They must also be ready to file your claim within statutory deadlines, which can be tight considering the amount of preparation involved.
Many personal injury firms don’t take medical malpractice cases for these reasons. Our firm does, and we stand behind the results that our attorneys have achieved on behalf of clients. If we are able to take your case, our medical malpractice lawyers will work just as hard for you.
Get The Help You Need During A Free Initial Consultation
If you believe you or a loved one may be the victim of medical malpractice or wish to discuss your legal options, contact us online or call our offices in Fort Dodge at 515-639-3124 or Gowrie at 515-346-6346.
We serve clients throughout North-Central and Northwest Iowa and offer free initial consultations in medical malpractice cases.