When a medical practitioner or healthcare provider makes a mistake, it’s heartbreaking. A serious error – whether accidental or due to negligence – can have particularly devastating consequences for you and your family. But insurance company risk managers will make it tough to prove and win your case. They have a lot at stake, just like you. Additionally, these cases are among the most complex and expensive to litigate, involving expert testimony, review boards, hospital records, detailed depositions and much more. In this area of law — perhaps more than any other — a good attorney is critical to winning your case. For more than 50 years, we’ve been helping clients navigate even the most delicate and difficult medical malpractice cases.
Why the Medical Malpractice Lawyer You Choose Matters
Because the consequences of a medical mistake or negligence can be so extreme, damage awards in these types of can be some of the largest of all personal injury cases. The stakes are very high for both sides. Further, the necessary expert medical witness testimony and other complicated aspects make it virtually impossible and prohibitively costly to file a medical malpractice suit without the guidance of a good attorney. For more than 50 years, Rutter Mills has provided just that kind of guidance and stewardship to clients who’ve been harmed by those doctors or treatment providers entrusted with their care.
STANDARD OF CARE
Medical malpractice laws vary from state to state, but generally hinge on whether the patient was treated according to an established “standard of care” (what other doctors would do in similar circumstances).
Errors that qualify as medical malpractice include: failure or delay in diagnosing a condition/ misreading x-rays/ prescribing the wrong pharmaceuticals/ failing to warn of risks or side effects/ acting without the patient’s informed consent, or making a mistake during surgery or childbirth.
STATUTE OF LIMITATION
There are a number of procedural requirements for these cases that, if not strictly met, will result in the case being dismissed. These include deadlines (called “statutes of limitations”) that must be adhered to, as well as medical review board presentations and special notice and filing protocols. So contact Rutter Mills to help you navigate these procedures.
When you’ve been injured, you’ve got a lot at stake… but so does the insurance company. Walking into the court room with a serious lawyer makes all the difference. Watch our video to learn more about Rutter Mills.
“Medical malpractice cases are among the most dramatic and heart-rending. They can involve everything from emotional distress and lost wages to complete impairment, disfigurement or death. And they are extremely complex and challenging to litigate. Of all the areas of law, this may be where you most need an experienced legal advocate.”
– Robert Mills