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According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), thousands of deaths occur every year because of missed diagnosis, medical errors, and mistakes in hospitals. Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients and their families against the negligence of the health care industry. These laws entitle patients to recover compensation if they are injured as the result of negligence. However, malpractice lawsuits are very complex, costly and time consuming. As such, if you believe you or a loved one has a medical malpractice claim, it is very important that you speak with an attorney who handles medical malpractice claims.
Medical malpractice cases require expert testimony. As a result, these cases are often drawn out and complex. It is especially important to have a competent attorney who is comfortable with assembling a case involving medical experts. The other side will undoubtedly have its own experts that need to be scrutinized and challenged.
Lawyers who try medical malpractice actions need to understand that a lot is at stake because the injuries resulting from medical malpractice may be many. What caused the injury is not always clear at first glance, but an experienced attorney can review the documents to get to the heart of the malpractice case.
Sometimes an injury can be the result of surgical error or negligence on the part of the hospital staff. Medical records are an important part of any medical malpractice case because they often tell the story of what went wrong. Medical records can show that there was a misdiagnosis, or even a failure to diagnose. Or the records can show that there was error in the type of medication given or the type of anesthesia administered.
Doctors are trusted with making careful decisions in what can easily be life-altering scenarios. When you are in the emergency room or on the operating table, you trust that a doctor will take care to give you the best treatment. Medical malpractice is the result when a doctor fails to adhere to the standard that doctors are held to in their profession.
Among other things, medical malpractice attorneys need to be mindful of the effect that the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act has on these types of cases. Sometimes, the Medical Malpractice Act can work to limit a plaintiff's ability to file a claim or receive compensation for her injuries.
If you think you have a claim for medical malpractice against a physician or hospital, then you must act as soon as possible. The time by which a claim for medical malpractice claim must be filed can run out quickly.
Located in Roswell, Albuquerque and Hobbs, we provide medical malpractice legal services throughout the entire state. We can meet with you at our firm, or in some cases, we will travel to meet you. Contact us at any time for a free consultation with an attorney experienced in the area of medical malpractice. We will take the time to talk with you to determine if you have a case.
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