One of the main question that arises during a medical malpractice case is whether or not the case can be proven to the degree that the jury will award compensation in a civil verdict or the other side will offer a reasonable settlement. It is important to understand what can be proven as a legal matter at the beginning of a case. The same standard applies regardless of whether the medical professional who made the mistake was a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, midwife, specialist, or other medical practitioner, as well as a hospital or other medical facility. It is critical for everyone involved in the legal action to understand the facts that contributed to the harm suffered by a patient or individual seeking medical assistance as early in the process as possible. This is why Stern Law, PLLC conducts a Medical Legal Review at the beginning of each case.
The Benefits of a Medical Review
There are many questions that a person faces after suffering a horrific injury due to medical malpractice.
A Medical Legal Review can provide the answers to some of these questions, including:
- How could a mistake like this have happened?
- Who is responsible for all the medical bills that I have incurred as a result of this mistake?
- How will I obtain the resources that I need for long-term care?
- Could the doctor have taken a different action that would have prevented the harm that was done to me?
How is a Medical Legal Review Conducted?
At Stern Law, PLLC we have brought together a team of doctors, nurses, and attorneys to perform a thorough review of the events that culminated in harm to a person who had sought medical care with the belief that he would receive the appropriate standard of care. The review is intended to make an initial determination of whether or not there was a breach of that standard. Our medical and legal team are very experienced in assessing the likelihood that there was a preventable error and was ultimately should be held accountable for the harm.
The Medical Legal Review considers the following questions:
- Did a person suffer an injury as the result of receiving some type of medical care, treatment, surgery, or other medically-related event?
- Was there a failure to conduct appropriate tests or diagnostic exams?
- Was there a failure to interpret tests or diagnostic reports properly?
- Did a doctor fail to prescribe the right medication, prescribe it in the wrong dose, or prescribe the wrong medication?
- Did a doctor fail to respond promptly to changes in a person’s medical condition?
- Did a doctor take inappropriate actions in response to a medical emergency?
- Was there a wrong site surgery, where the doctor operated on the wrong organ or limb, or operated on the wrong patient?
- Was medical equipment used inappropriately?
- Was medical equipment maintained improperly, leading to harm during its use?
- Was a doctor or other medical professional hired without the appropriate skills and training for the position for which he was hired?
- Did the doctor inform the patient about all relevant and reasonable alternatives to the procedure or form of treatment that resulted in harm to the person?
These are just some of the questions that the medical and legal team will consider in order to determine whether or not the harm that was suffered by a person likely was the result of a preventable medical error. If there was negligence, it is possible to recover damages that will cover medical expenses, lost wages, adaptive and/or assistive technologies, miscellaneous related expenses, and pain and suffering. This compensation is critical to dealing with the long-term consequences of a medical mistake.
The Stern Law, PLLC Difference
A person who has been harmed as the result of a preventable medical mistake needs many things, but answers and information usually are near the top of the list. At Stern Law, PLLC we are dedicated to providing the information and resources that a person needs to make the right decision for him and his family. We provide extensive resources on our website and have someone available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without charge. Call us at 1-844-808-7529 or fill out an online contact form in order to learn how we can help you get through this difficult time.