Rio Rancho & Albuquerque Medical Malpractice Lawyer
We turn to doctors when we are hurt or sick, depending on them to heal us or, at least, to treat our symptoms. While we all know that medical professionals, like the rest of us, make mistakes, there are times when medical error rises to the level of medical malpractice. When a physician deviates from accepted standards of practice, seriously injuring a patient entrusted to his or her care, the patient can sue to recover damages. Remember, each doctor has taken The Hippocratic Oath, vowing to “First, do no harm.”
If you have suffered injury at the hands of a doctor or other medical professional, you need a knowledgeable personal injury attorney experienced in medical malpractice. If you live in New Mexico, you should check out MPJ Law Firm. Based in Rio Rancho, we are compassionate as well as tenacious, ready to fight vigorously to make sure you receive every bit of monetary compensation you deserve.
Defining Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice by a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse is defined as failing to use reasonable care under the circumstances. So, if a medical professional does something that a reasonably prudent practitioner would not do under the circumstances, or fails to do something that a reasonably prudent practitioner would do under the circumstances, that person is considered negligent because he or she has deviated from accepted practice standards.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Although each situation is unique, there are several classifications of medical malpractice. These include:
- Birth Injuries
- Emergency room mistakes
- Surgical errors and postsurgical infections
- Medical device injuries
- Nursing home neglect
- Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, or misdiagnosis
- Pharmaceutical mistakes
- Failure to discuss harmful side effects of medication or medical procedures
- Performing a procedure or treatment without the patient’s informed consent
- Cosmetic surgery mistakes
In each of these categories, a great many mistakes can happen. Failing to diagnosis or misdiagnosing life-threatening conditions, such as cancer or heart disease, occur with some frequency. Birth injuries can result in death of the fetus or permanent disability in the newborn, such as brain damage or cerebral palsy. Surgeries may be performed on the wrong body part; instruments may be carelessly left inside the surgical wound; anesthesia may be misadministered. Elective surgeries, like cosmetic procedures, can lead to disfigurement or worse.
Frightening as these possibilities are, most doctors are conscientious and careful. Those who are not, however much in the minority they are, endanger a very vulnerable population and deserve to pay for their misdeeds. Interestingly, research studies have shown that a relatively small number of doctors are responsible for a proportionately large share of medical malpractice claims. This is a good reason to thoroughly check out the credentials and background of any doctor you visit.
We Will Help You Receive the Compensation You Deserve
Our team is ready and able to provide you with excellent legal counsel regarding your medical malpractice claim. We are committed to getting you the compensatory damages you deserve for your out-of-pocket medical, surgical, rehabilitative, and pharmaceutical expenses, lost wages, future disability needs, pain and suffering, and/or possible disfigurement. In addition, if the medical practitioner who treated you made an especially egregious error, you may also be entitled to punitive damages, usually a large amount of money designed to punish the practitioner or facility for its negligence and to discourage others from engaging in similar misconduct.
Why You Need a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney to Pursue a Medical Malpractice Case
Medical malpractice cases are typically complex and often difficult to prove. At MPJ Law Firm we have the resources to do the required research and to bring in medical and other necessary experts to give testimony if needed. Beyond that, Michael P. Jasso is an astute and skillful negotiator and litigator, capable of proving that your personal injury was caused by the medical professional in question, or by caregiver negligence, improper hiring practices, inadequate training, or managerial incompetence on the part of the responsible medical or nursing facility.
Mr. Jasso is fully prepared to obtain all of the medical documents you are legally entitled to and to meet all the necessary deadlines. Imagine the peace of mind you will have when MPJ Law Firm takes over all the legwork of your case so you can concentrate on recovering from your injury and from the trauma of being mistreated in a medical setting. Not only are we committed to winning your case, but to obtaining the greatest amount of compensation possible for your pain and your losses. We will never charge you a legal fee unless we are successful in winning your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.