The West Virginia medical malpractice attorneys associated with U.S. Medical Malpractice Lawyers have handled hundreds of claims and lawsuits involving medical malpractice, and have recovered millions of dollars in awards and settlements. If you or a family member has been seriously injured by medical malpractice, you need an experienced malpractice lawyer who knows how to investigate and litigate or settle your claim. The medical malpractice lawyers associated with U.S. Medical Malpractice Lawyers do not work for insurance companies – they only represent people like you. They stand ready to protect the rights of innocent victims of medical malpractice, whether caused by a doctor or other type of treatment provider, including a hospital or nursing home.
The West Virginia medical malpractice attorneys associated with this website offer each malpractice victim a contingent fee attorney agreement so that your access to justice is not compromised or dependent upon your finances. The medical malpractice attorneys do not get paid unless and until there is money recovered on your behalf.
Medical malpractice is a doctor’s (or other treatment provider’s) failure to exercise the degree of care and skill that a physician or surgeon of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances. Medical malpractice is often commonly known as “med mal” or medical negligence. A lawyer that knows about medical problems and medical laws is needed to help a claim reach the courts in the most complete way possible. A medical malpractice lawyer will work with the hospital system and medical law system to find out what your rights and legal options are. While you or someone you know gets better or recovers from the medical mistake or injury, the medical malpractice attorney will fight for your legal rights.
Medical malpractice does not occur every time there is a bad outcome from medical treatment. However, when it does occur the malpractice victim may be entitled to monetary compensation.
While there are various types of medical malpractice claims, generally speaking, a claimant must usually show the following:
- The health care provider owed a duty to the patient
- The health care provider breached that duty
- The patient suffered an injury
- The patient’s injury was a proximate cause of the health care provider’s breach
A physician owes a duty to a patient once a “doctor-patient” relationship has been formed. Such a relationship is usually formed when the physician agrees to care for the patient.
Nonetheless, even if it is established that a duty existed and the health care provider breached that duty (eg. failed to meet the requisite standard of care), a claimant may not recover unless the claimant suffered injuries that were a direct result of the breach.
Medical providers such as physicians, nurses, chiropractors and therapists are generally compassionate and well-educated people who make it their life’s work to help people. Entities such as hospitals, clinics and laboratories also work towards the goal of providing care, treatment and health counseling. Unfortunately, when medical providers are negligent the consequences can be devastating.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, illness or death, that seems to have been caused by medical malpractice in West Virginia, please call 1-877-LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) or email us today to speak with a West Virginia medical malpractice attorney.