Sandusky Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Seeking Compensation After a Doctor’s Mistakes
You should be able to safely assume that your medical provider will help you overcome an injury or an illness, not make it much worse. If your medical provider has hurt you or a loved one due to an unacceptable mistake, Murray & Murray wants to know what happened. We are a team of Sandusky medical malpractice lawyers backed by nearly a century of legal experience – our firm first opened its doors in 1931 – and an impressive record of successful case results. With so much on the line, such as your health and your finances, you should only trust your case with a law firm of our caliber.
Talk to our professionals today about your medical malpractice claim by dialing (419) 664-3711.
Examples of Medical Malpractice Incidents
Medical malpractice is essentially an inexcusable and dangerous mistake involving a medical setting or treatment. With this umbrella definition in mind, there can be and are all sorts of incidents and mistakes that constitute medical malpractice. Thankfully, you do not need to shop around for a law firm that can handle the specifics of your claim when Murray & Murray is here to help.
Our medical malpractice lawyers can work on claims that involve:
- Misdiagnosis: When a doctor does not order appropriate tests to narrow in on your condition or health complication, they run a serious risk of misdiagnosing you. With a misdiagnosis, even treatments that are normally beneficial can become dangerous or harmful.
- Delayed diagnosis: Similarly, a doctor’s failure to diagnose your illness or injury in a timely manner unfairly puts you at risk. You may receive the right treatment eventually, but not before your condition is able to worsen due to the delay.
- Surgical errors: A surgeon’s mistake can result in a significantly dangerous form of medical malpractice. Surgical errors can range from amputating the wrong limb to the much-more-common mistake of leaving medical gauze inside a surgery patient.
- Birth injuries: A newborn or unborn child can be injured, sometimes permanently, by a medical provider’s mistakes, causing what is called a birth injury. Cerebral palsy is one of the most common forms of birth injuries, characterized by movement disorders often associated with brain damage before, during, or shortly after birth.
- Medical product defects: Each year, medical devices of all types are recalled due to unreasonably dangers and defects, such as hip implants made of brittle metal. If a medical provider recommends you get a defective medical device or product, they could also be liable for your damages.
- Prescription errors: Medical malpractice can also occur in the pharmacy when a pharmacist makes a mistake, like misreading a doctor’s handwriting, giving a prescription to the wrong patient, or filling a prescription with the wrong number of doses.
Proving the Occurrence of Medical Malpractice
To prove medical malpractice occurred, four prerequisites are usually needed:
- Doctor-patient relationship: You need to have a doctor-patient relationship with the medical provider who made the mistake that hurt you. This requirement often protects emergency medical technicians who must try to care for people they have never met before, which inherently increases the odds of a medical error occurring.
- Unacceptable standard of care: The mistake must be one that would not have been made by another medical professional in the same situation and who followed an acceptable standard of care. All medical procedures and treatments must follow preapproved guidelines and standards, excluding new experimental techniques that have been assessed by a medical board and approved by the patient.
- Injury or exacerbation: The unacceptable error must cause you to suffer a new injury or a worsening of your condition, either directly or indirectly like due to a delay in diagnosis. No matter how egregious the error, it does not constitute medical malpractice to an appreciable legal degree if you are not hurt because of it.
- Economic damages: The harm done is also expected to have caused some sort of economic damage to validate a medical malpractice claim, too. If you suffered an injury but it was addressed in a reasonable amount of time and at no extra cost to you, then your claim might be invalidated.
Choose a Law Firm Willing & Ready to Fight
As you can probably tell from this brief review of medical malpractice prerequisites, filing, pursuing, and winning a medical malpractice claim is difficult. Many law firms will not even accept malpractice cases because they are practically guaranteed to be an uphill legal battle that requires time, effort, and expertise.
Murray & Murray in Sandusky is proud to be one of the few law offices in the region that accepts complex, high stakes medical malpractice claims. Our lawyers are not afraid of going head-to-head with powerful insurance companies that often represent medical professionals and groups. We are also renowned trial attorneys who can confidently take cases to litigation when settlements are not working. Whatever we have to do to succeed for you, we will give it our all.
See how we can help with your medical malpractice claim. Call (419) 664-3711 or contact us online to begin.