What is Medical Malpractice?
Doctors, nurses, and medical facilities have a duty to adhere to the proper standard of care when diagnosing and treating injury and disease. If you have been harmed by a medical professional negligently failing to adhere to the proper standard of care, you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and for pain and suffering.
GoldenbergLaw is a nationwide medical malpractice and personal injury law firm located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our experienced trial lawyers are experts in handling the most complex malpractice cases anywhere in the United States. We have successfully handled numerous medical malpractice and medical injuries since 1986, including cases involving multiple types of negligence.
Find out more about types of medical malpractice:
- Surgical Errors
- Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose an Illness
- Nursing Home Neglect or Negligence
- Other Forms of Medical Malpractice
- Why Choose GoldenbergLaw?
When we undergo surgery, we are placing an extraordinary amount of trust in the surgical team performing the procedure. We are never more vulnerable than we are during major surgery.
Although surgeons must complete extensive schooling and training before they are licensed to practice on patients, no area of medicine is perfect. GoldenbergLaw’s attorneys understand that surgical mistakes can be especially tragic and catastrophic.
With more than 30 years of experience investigating and pursuing medical malpractice cases throughout the state of Minnesota, GoldenbergLaw can help if you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a surgical error.
Examples of Surgical Errors
Every year, too many innocent Americans die as a result of negligence and misconduct during a surgical procedure.
Common examples of surgical errors include:
- Leaving surgical instruments in patients
- Anesthesia errors, including failing to check for allergies and oxygen failures
- Puncturing, severing or otherwise affecting surrounding nerves, muscles and ligaments
- Improper amputations
In many cases, these errors cause severe and lasting injuries; some are even fatal. GoldenbergLaw’s personal injury attorneys are committed to pursuing the compensation due to innocent victims of surgical errors.
When Do Surgical Errors Qualify as Medical Malpractice?
One of the reasons cases revolving around surgical errors are so complicated is that not every mistake made by a doctor is considered negligent under the law. The law recognizes that surgery is a difficult and sensitive task, and even a careful, conscientious surgical team will still make mistakes. Instead, medical malpractice law operates on a “standard of care” system. A standard of care is simply a method of diagnosis or treatment that a reasonable physician would be expected to utilize in a given situation.
In the case of surgical errors, this can mean that a medical professional is negligent in performing a procedure when something that surgeon did during the procedure is outside the standard of care. This might mean using a technique that is not considered to be safe or effective by the medical community or failing to perform a procedure in a safe manner, e.g., leaving a sponge inside a patient.
Medical negligence cases involve a substantial amount of time, research, and resources, because doctors and hospitals vigorously defend these claims. Therefore, if you intend to pursue a medical negligence case, it is important that you retain a personal injury attorney with the appropriate experience. At GoldenbergLaw, our medical malpractice lawyers will be able to assess your potential case and provide you with a complimentary consultation.
The important thing is not to try to figure out for yourself whether your case qualifies as medical malpractice. Speak with us. Tell us your story. Let us do the heavy lifting for you.
Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose
When a physician doesn’t perform their required duties and gives you or a family member a wrong diagnosis, they may have committed medical negligence. Furthermore, if a physician diagnoses your symptoms improperly and your condition worsens because of this, it is the fault of the physician. Both of these issues can cause simple illnesses and injuries to worsen and become life-threatening. Because of this, these are considered forms of medical malpractice and can be handled legally. Our attorneys can help you seek compensation for their lack of effort, lack of testing, or improper reading of your tests and diagnoses.
Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you have an expectation that they will be properly cared for and treated the proper way. However, it is all too common for elderly to be mistreated, neglected, and even abused while in nursing home care. Nursing home injuries are often caused by understaffing. Our medical malpractice lawyers are familiar with federal laws that set strict staffing requirements for nursing homes and other care environments that receive compensation from Medicare and Medicaid. We can hold these institutions responsible for injuries that result from a lack of supervision, such as falls, broken bones, hemorrhages, and bed sores. Our lawyers will work to resolve your case through negotiation or litigation, whichever would achieve the best result for you.
While in a nursing home, residents can suffer any of the following atrocities:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Food, drink, or medication errors
- Lack of feeding or medication
If your loved ones have suffered any type of neglect or abuse while in a nursing home or assisted living location, you have legal options. Our attorneys can help you seek retribution for the harm committed and also compensation for pain and suffering.
Other Forms of Medical Malpractice
There are several other types of medical malpractice and they are occur because a medical worker didn’t do what they were supposed to which is protect life at all costs. Oftentimes, this can happen because of the following:
- Instruments left in the body after surgery
- Injuries and deaths caused by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices
- Inappropriate prescriptions of steroid medication, resulting in necrosis of the joints
- Medical negligence resulting in wrongful death
Why Choose GoldenbergLaw, PLLC?
When you retain the services of GoldenbergLaw, PLLC, you retain attorneys who are dedicated to your cause and work hard to achieve results for you. You will only owe attorneys’ fees in a medical malpractice case when we obtain a recovery for you.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to speak with an attorney regarding your medical malpractice or nursing home injury case, please do not hesitate to call our downtown Minneapolis office toll-free at 612-436-5026. If you prefer, you may e-mail us or fill out the form on this page, and a representative from our office will be in touch with you shortly. We look forward to hearing from you!
Contact our attorneys at GoldenbergLaw, PLLC for a free consultation about your medical malpractice case. We are proud to serve clients in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota and nationwide.