Surgery and medications are risky. Diagnosing an illness is complex. Childbirth can be complicated. Even when we receive the best medical care, things can go wrong. Not every bad outcome is a basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
However, in many cases, medical malpractice does occur and leads to serious harm. As one recent study found, about $3.6 billion in medical malpractice claims were paid out over the course of one year in the U.S. These claims involved both settlements and verdicts rendered by juries.
At Powers & Santola, LLP, our medical malpractice lawyers know how to investigate cases in order to determine whether medical negligence occurred and to pursue the compensation our clients deserve. Our team features three attorneys who have been recognized by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 for their excellence in this field of law: John K. Powers, Daniel R. Santola and Laura M. Jordan.
To learn how a medical malpractice attorney can assist you in your suspected medical malpractice case, please contact our Rochester, Syracuse, or Albany medical malpractice attorneys today by phone or through our online form.
What Are the Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case?
Medical malpractice is defined as the failure of a medical professional to exercise the care and skill provided generally by medical professionals under like conditions and similar circumstances.
To win a medical malpractice lawsuit, you must generally prove:
- One or more health care providers failed to act in accordance with accepted medical practices;
- The patient suffered a significant and permanent injury (or death); and
- The malpractice was a direct and substantial cause of the injury or death.
Determining whether your medical malpractice case has merit requires an extensive review of your medical history. The process starts with our detailed interview with you. If it appears your case has merit, the next step is for a medical malpractice lawyer to obtain and review all relevant medical records.
We also review relevant medical literature to determine the appropriate standard of care when the injury occurred. We retain the best and most appropriate independent medical experts available to review your file and to provide us with an objective assessment of your case.
Then, we can we tell you whether you have a claim.
Please note: Our office pays all of the fees for obtaining your medical records and all of the costs for retaining the medical experts necessary to review your file. We never charge a fee for determining whether your case has merit.
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review (citing Diederich Healthcare’s 2013 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis)
Medical Malpractice Claims We Handle
At Powers & Santola, LLP, we handle all types of medical malpractice cases, including:
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review (citing Diederich Healthcare’s 2013 Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Payout Analysis)
Contact a Rochester, Syracuse, or Albany Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Each medical malpractice lawyer of Powers & Santola, LLP, accepts cases involving doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, radiologists and other medical professionals. Our firm also handles medical malpractice cases occurring in hospitals, surgical centers, clinics and doctors’ offices. We help clients in pharmaceutical malpractice cases and malpractice and abuse that occur in nursing homes.
To discuss how we may assist you, contact us today by phone or online to schedule a free initial consultation. A medical malpractice lawyer is ready to help you.
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