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For more than 25 years, the Scanlan Law Group has represented individuals who have been injured as a result of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, it’s a tragedy that happens all too frequently. Every day, doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals across the country commit acts of negligence that can result in serious and permanent injuries for the unfortunate patient. Whether it involves a physician’s failure to properly diagnose an illness, a pharmacist filling the wrong prescription, or a nurse’s mistake resulting from her failure to properly read a patient’s chart, medical malpractice in the U.S. results in millions of dollars of additional medical expenses for injured patients, and a lifetime of pain and suffering, both for the patient and for his or her loved ones.

Medical malpractice does not happen only in a doctor’s office or hospital emergency room. Nursing home malpractice is a serious and relatively unknown problem that afflicts millions of our senior citizens who reside in long-term care facilities and receive substandard health care.

There are countless types of medical errors that can give rise to a medical malpractice claim. Some of the more common examples of medical malpractice include:

  • A nurse’s failure to remove a surgical sponge from the patient after surgery
  • A surgeon’s operation on the on the wrong body part or even on the wrong patient
  • An anesthesiologist’s improper administration of anesthesia prior to surgery
  • A doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer or other serious illness
  • Neglect of an elderly nursing home patient
  • Prescribing a medication to a patient who is allergic to the medication
  • A hospital’s failure to maintain sterile conditions

The injuries that can result from medical malpractice are often worse than the underlying illness or condition that initially led the patient to seek medical assistance, and can involve permanently disabling, catastrophic and, sometimes, fatal conditions. As a result, if you are victimized by medical malpractice, you may be entitled to substantial money damages, even in cases involving what may appear to involve only minor injuries. You can recover any additional medical expenses you have had to cover as a result of the malpractice, such as doctor and hospital bills, medications, therapy, home health care and all other related medical expenses, as well as any future medical expenses you reasonably expect to incur. You can also recover for the physical pain and suffering you have sustained, your out of pocket expenses, your mental and emotional anguish, your lost wages, benefits and other compensation, any loss of your future earning capacity, and the future diminishment of your enjoyment of life. Additionally, in some cases, if your spouse or child has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to collect damages for the loss of pleasure or companionship you have experienced as a result of their injuries. And in certain extreme cases, where the wrongdoer’s conduct is extreme and outrageous, you may be entitled to collect punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and to prevent the misconduct from being repeated in the future.

Medical practice cases are incredibly complex, and provide many traps for the unwary. First, not all medically related mistakes give rise to a medical malpractice action. In order to establish medical malpractice, the injured patient generally must demonstrate that the doctor’s conduct fell below the standard of care exhibited by similar medical professionals in the area, and that such misconduct was the cause of the patient’s injury. Additionally, as a result of tort reform laws passed by many states, health care professionals are shielded from liability through laws that place limitations on the amount of damages that can be recovered, and the availability of punitive damages. Other laws, known as peer review laws, prohibit the discovery of internal hospital records and other medical information that could otherwise help an injured patient prove his or her case. Additionally, many states require an injured patient to obtain a statement from a medical professional before filing a lawsuit certifying that the patient has an injury caused by malpractice, and insurance companies bring their massive resources to bear on behalf of medical professionals, making life for injured parties even more miserable than it already is.

As a result, if you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you need an experienced and aggressive litigation team to take on the medical establishment. The Scanlan Law Group is the right choice. We have sued doctors, nurses, hospitals and other defendants who have committed medical malpractice, and we have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We know which medical experts you’ll need to make your case, and we’ll stand by your side no matter how long it takes to get your case to a negotiated settlement or a trial.

Like to know a little bit more about what we can do for you? Take a look at some of the medical malpractice cases we have handled for our clients. If you have any questions, or if you or someone you know have been injured as a result of negligence by a doctor or other health care professional, please contact the Scanlan Law Group for a free initial consultation.

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