Being sick or hurt is painful for anyone. What hurts worse is when those we trust to make things better make them worse instead. It happens more frequently than most people would suspect.
Khalidi Law Firm PLLC knows the statistics and knows how to help. Litigating medical malpractice lawsuits for more than 20 years from Tucson, Arizona’s Barrio Historico, Khalidi Law Firm PLLC has the experience and the resources to make sure victims know their rights and the compensation for which they are eligible. Get a free legal consult today.
What is Considered Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider fails to uphold standardized and accepted medical techniques or principles. These providers can include hospitals, doctors, nurses, technicians, pharmacists or any of a number of other workers in the medical profession whose actions directly or indirectly affect a patient. Put simply, failure of any of these workers to meet the standard of care defined by the actions of a reasonably prudent medical professional, and if it results in injury or death, it is malpractice.
Though medical malpractice is not considered a crime, it can be cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit, and the victim may be eligible for compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages or other negative consequences as the result of malpractice.
Examples of Medical Negligence
- Missed or delayed diagnosis
- Lack of informed consent
- Surgical errors
- Post-surgical care errors
- Hospital negligence
- Birth injuries – There are two basic types of birth injuries – injuries to the brain and to the body. A baby’s injury can be caused by doctor error, failure to respond properly, misdiagnosis, or mistake by a nurse or hospital.
- Medical device errors
- Medication or pharmaceutical errors
Were You Hurt by Malpractice?
If you believe you may be the victim of medical malpractice, set up an appointment with Khalidi Law Firm PLLC for a free consultation to evaluate the merits of your claim as soon as possible. Arizona law sets strict statutes of limitations for filing medical malpractice lawsuits, so it is imperative that you seek legal help sooner rather than later. Medical malpractice cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. We receive no attorney fees unless we secure financial compensation for your injuries. Any expenses advanced by the law firm are recouped from the settlement or judgement.
Malpractice Lawsuits: A Deterrent
A lawsuit cannot reverse the harms caused by a medical mistake; however, it is important to take legal action to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. While the injury can’t be undone, suits may act as a deterrent to keep the same mistakes from happening to someone else in the future.
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Experience Leads to Results: Verdicts
Khalidi Law Firm PLLC has been litigating medical malpractice suits in Arizona for more than two decades. Our verdicts show that experience leads to success.
- Surgical Malpractice: A client entered the hospital to undergo surgery for colon cancer. During the procedure, the surgeon cut the ureter by mistake and failed to notice or correct the issue. As a result of subsequent sepsis, our client became ill and nearly died. The defendant settled before trial for a confidential amount.
- Misdiagnosis: Our client underwent cataract surgery. As a result, there were complications with intraocular pressure, which could potentially damage the optic nerve. The client was given medication and told to return in five days. The client complied, but after 15 days still suffered pain and was referred to a retinal specialist, who rushed him into immediate surgery but after irreversible damage had already been done.
- Surgical Error: Our client underwent bilateral cataract surgery, during which time the surgeon implanted lenses of differing power. Our client could not tolerate the lenses. In part because our client had specifically refused the lenses and was forced to undergo another surgery.
Malpractice Questions and Answers
How do I know if I have a medical malpractice case?
You may have a case if you or a loved one was severely injured or killed because a medical professional failed to provide you with the appropriate care or treatment. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you to determine if your potential claim constitutes negligence and if you may be eligible for compensation.
Who is liable for medical malpractice?
Any medical or healthcare provider, including physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and others who directly or indirectly may have caused injury to a patient because of professional negligence or substandard care may be named as a defendant in a lawsuit. Their employer (hospital, HMO, nursing home, professional corporation, etc.) may also be sued.
What must be proven in a medical malpractice lawsuit?
A plaintiff in a medical negligence case must establish thorough evidence that: 1) The defendant was negligent (rendered substandard care); 2) The negligence was a proximate cause of injuries; and 3) The plaintiff suffered damages as a result.
All three elements must be proven. Expert testimony is almost always required to prove negligence and causation of damages. Licensed physicians who are familiar with the standard of accepted medical care for the medical specialty involved are required as witnesses to prove the case. The experts must establish what the standards were, how the defendant violated them and what damage was caused by the substandard care.
In our 20+ years of practice, Khalidi Law Firm has formed working relationships with numerous highly-credentialed experts in the medical field. They understand the importance of being well prepared and presenting the factual connection between your injury and the health care provider’s actions or inactions.
How long does it take to resolve a medical malpractice case?
It is impossible to predict exactly how long it will take to resolve a medical malpractice case. Some cases are decided within a year or two, while others take upwards of four years until they are concluded. You can count on the support of your Khalidi Law Firm team through every step of the process.
Our Tucson, AZ Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect that you or your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in Arizona, contact our malpractice attorneys right away. Remember that there are time limits for filing such claims, and we don’t want you to give up your right to seek compensation.
For a free consultation, call our office at 520.629.9909 or use our convenient online contact form.