A victim who has been injured as a result of negligence on part of a doctor or other healthcare provider is entitled to payment in full for damages caused by such negligence. Negligence on part of a doctor or healthcare provider is usually referred to as malpractice. This is an unduly harsh-sounding term for an event which could occur at the hands of even the most qualified doctors or healthcare professionals.
Patients and their families are usually under a great deal of stress, confusion and medical bills when they begin to research filing medical malpractice claims. First, claims in NC must be filed within three years of the last negligent act according to the law, or from 2-4 years from the time the injury from negligence was discovered. If the negligence caused death, then the wrongful death case must be filed within two years after the death.
Medical malpractice cases are very complicated. NC medical malpractice attorneys in Raleigh, Dunn and Fayetteville with Brent Adams & Associates handle cases where negligent medical care has left patients with life-long injuries, causing them disabilities, loss of joy and the ability to care for themselves.
What is Medical Malpractice? Some forms of malpractice are:
- Prescription drug errors. Doctors may prescribe the wrong medication or incorrect dosage, pharmacists may make an error when filling the prescription or medical care providers might administer the wrong dosage.
- Misdiagnosis. There have been cases where women are diagnosed with breast cancer, submit to a mastectomy and later learn that the lab results were swapped.
- Negligent medical procedures. Wrong-site surgeries, failing to remove equipment from surgical sites, and damaging other organs while operating are all examples of medical negligence.
- Failure to diagnose. An example of this is when a physician misses a diagnosis and their failure to do so caused time to pass without the patient receiving necessary care.
If you or someone you know has experienced medical malpractice, contact our personal injury law offices in Raleigh, Dunn or Fayetteville at 800.849.5931.