When we get sick or are injured, we often depend upon medical providers and health care facilities to get us well. Even though most medical practitioners deliver excellent and compassionate care, some make mistakes through carelessness that result in injury to their patients. In fact, preventable medical errors constitute the third leading cause of death in the United States. Many patients find themselves no better or even worse after treatment. They know that something is wrong but feel powerless, not knowing what to do or what questions to ask.
GROUNDS FOR MALPRACTICE
A bad outcome is not enough to justify a medical malpractice suit. We must show that a medical provider or health care facility failed to meet the expected standard of care and that this failure caused an injury. In addition, the injury must be measurable and severe enough to justify the time and money expended in a lawsuit.
A medical practitioner or health care facility can fail to meet the standard of care in a number of ways. It can be as obvious as a nurse administering the wrong medication or the wrong dose. A surgeon may operate on the wrong body part or carelessly leave an item within a surgical site. More subtle examples of carelessness include failure to diagnose a medical or surgical condition, poor surgical technique and preparation, and failure to give adequate consent before a procedure.
It is not uncommon for an act of medical carelessness to result in harm and suffering, with the patient assuming that the results were simply unavoidable. Although members of the medical profession should admit their mistakes to patients, in reality such honest communication often does not occur. Clearly patients injured as a result of the medical system need to talk with an expert to decide whether their suspicions of medical malpractice are valid and whether it makes sense to file a lawsuit.
Many patients unfairly injured as a result of medical malpractice become frustrated as they drift from one attorney to another seeking answers, expending unnecessary time and money in the process. The fact is that there are many law firms with experience in medical malpractice, but very few attorneys have the medical knowledge and expertise to know if a medical error occurred and whether the error was the result of carelessness.
At The Phillips Law Firm, LLC, Dean T. Karampelas, MD, JD, is both a licensed medical doctor and attorney. He has been practicing medicine since 1979 and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. He has worked as a medical expert for numerous law firms over the last 30 years. Using his extensive medical and legal expertise, he is in an excellent position to advise you whether in your situation medical malpractice is an issue and whether a lawsuit is worth pursuing.
Our law firm invites you to make a confidential and complimentary appointment with Dr. Karampelas to discuss the circumstances of your case and to recommend the next steps you should take. The appointment will take about one hour, and we advise you to bring any medical records you have in your possession. Feel free to bring a limited number of family members or significant others to provide further clarification, assuming you have no concerns about their access to your information. In some instances we will need to request additional medical records in order to make a proper assessment. If after thorough evaluation we decide that your case has legal merit and you wish to go further, we may decide to collaborate with other firms, with no additional charge to you. By providing both medical and legal expertise and experience, the Phillips Law Firm looks forward to helping you in this difficult time.