When you or a family member is ill, have been hurt or need medical help and assistance such as during pregnancy and childbirth, you are entirely dependent on doctors, nurses, midwives, therapists, hospitals and the entire medical and healthcare profession to take care of you.
The majority of these healers live up to your trust, earning and deserving it every day. But unfortunately, some do not. They make mistakes that leave you having to live with the consequences of how they failed to protect you or take care of you. When these professionals injure you or cause the death of a loved one, you need to have top-flight medical malpractice lawyers working on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. This is where the Minnesota malpractice lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller will help.
What is Medical Malpractice in Minnesota?
According to a recent study by the Institute of Medicine, an estimated 98,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors made by hospitals, doctors and the medical establishment. Nearly twice as many Americans die each year from medical errors and malpractice than from car accidents and breast cancer combined! While the law recognizes that a medical professional can make a mistake, an error becomes medical malpractice when the care of a patient falls below accepted community standards and causes the death or injury of a patient.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice in Minnesota
At Sieben Edmunds Miller, the typical causes of medical malpractice that we handle include:
Failing to properly monitor pregnancy and childbirth
Failing to order or provide a necessary test
Failing to inform a patient of the need for a test
Failing to perform an appropriate evaluation, examination or test
Failing to provide the necessary or correct treatment
Delaying the necessary treatment
Providing the wrong treatment
Performing unnecessary surgery
Leaving surgical instruments in the body after closing the incision
Improper or inadequate follow-up
A delay is making an accurate diagnosis
Negligence by the nursing staff
Inadequate staffing, training or supervision
Staff performing functions that go beyond or are outside of their training or expertise
Prescribing the wrong medication
Failing to inform you of the risks of treatment or a procedure
Failing to refer a case to a specialist
Many Possibilities and Strict Time Limits for Medical Malpractice Claims in Minnesota
A medical malpractice claim may be filed against doctors, nurses, midwives, physical and psychological therapists, chiropractors, technicians, hospitals, clinics, HMOs and other entities in the medical business. But you should know that there are strict time limits that you are required to meet to file a lawsuit. The time limits are complex and strictly enforced by the courts. So, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney at Sieben Edmunds Miller in Eagan as soon as possible.
You not only deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life, but, most importantly, you deserve to be free from your new financial hardships. You may no longer be able to work to support yourself and your family, to pay for your mounting medical bills, or afford the extra costs of hiring help to do what you can no longer do around the house.
Payment for your or a family member’s injuries, or for the unnecessary death of a loved one, is often critical to your and your family’s future and is what you deserve. However, in most medical malpractice cases you will face an army of lawyers, an entire department at an insurance company and the resources of a mega-corporation fighting you in order to avoid providing you the money you desperately need. In other words, their whole focus is to avoid claims or to settle with you for the least amount of money possible.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Eagan, Dakota County & All of Minnesota
Hospitals, clinics, and doctors have insurance which provides them with attorneys whose job it is to do everything possible to prevent them from having to pay for medical malpractice. If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you need lawyers on your side with the knowledge and experience to beat them.