Doctors, surgeons, and nurses can and do make mistakes. National statistics tell us that medical malpractice is far more common than it should be. Careless or reckless mistakes can lead to life changing injuries and illnesses for patients. If the decision making or performance of a doctor, surgeon, or nurse falls below the “standard of care” for similar professionals in their position, and this failure causes injury or death to the patient, a medical malpractice claim may exist. A medical malpractice claim entitles the injured patient, or his or her closest family members in the event of death, to recover certain “damages” allowed by North Carolina law. If you or your family member is suffering physically and financially because of medical negligence, the North Carolina attorneys of Maginnis Howard are here to assist.
In many ways, a medical negligence case is not that different from any other personal injury claim. Once it is established that an injury was caused by the negligence of a healthcare professional, the plaintiff can recover compensation for the consequences of that negligence. Although not exhaustive, examples of damages recoverable in a North Carolina medical negligence case include compensation for (a) past and future medical expenses; (b) past lost wages and future diminished earning capacity; (c) past and future physical pain and emotional suffering; (d) permanent injury and disability; and (e) permanent scarring. Unfortunately, there are sometimes limitations on these damages, depending upon the exact circumstances of the medical negligence. This should be discussed with your lawyer.
In the event that a loved one dies as a result of medical malpractice, the damages recoverable include the compensation permitted under North Carolina’s wrongful death statute, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 28A-18-2.
Although there are any number of ways a physician can act negligently and cause harm, there are specific categories which seem to occur more commonly than others. Examples of common fact patterns prevalent in physician negligence cases include:
Any civil action has a “statute of limitations” – the time period within which a lawsuit must be filed. In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for a particular medical mistake can be complicated. It is recommended that if you suspect a medical mistake has led to injury or death, that you immediately consult with a licensed North Carolina attorney regarding the applicable statute of limitations in your case.
Medical malpractice cases are unique under North Carolina law. Our legislature has imposed countless burdens on patients injured by the negligence of a doctor, surgeon, or nurse. In most cases, any lawsuit filed must be accompanied by a statement from another doctor who has reviewed all of your medical records and provided an opinion. The process of obtaining this opinion can be time consuming. It is important that if you or a loved one is injured because of the negligence of a healthcare professional, you timely seek assistance from an attorney.
The North Craolina personal injury lawyers of Maginnis Howard can assist you with evaluating your medical negligence claim. We will work to make sure your case is evaluated by an appropriately qualified healthcare professional. We offer free consultations to all prospective medical malpractice clients. To schedule a meeting with our lawyers, visit our contact page. If we are able to assist you with your case, we will offer a contingency fee agreement, whereby you owe no attorneys’ fees unless and until we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.