How Do Medical Malpractice Attorneys Select Cases?

Posted on August 03, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

When patients receive care in hospitals, they should have the expectation to not be harmed by their doctors. However, “never events” cause 200,000 deaths in the United States annually. A never event is a term used to describe a medical mistake that should have never happened. In cases where patients are killed or severely injured by negligence, medical malpractice attorneys may help survivors recover from this harm.

What are examples of medical malpractice that attorneys would be interested in pursuing? A recent article from ABC News provides an eye-opening example. In the article, a medical researcher with the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality was interviewed on the prevalence of medical mistakes. His example of a patient going into surgery and having the wrong kidney removed would likely be considered an example of both a “never event” and medical malpractice.

A very high standard of proof is extremely important for pursuing a successful medical malpractice case.  Hospitals have vast financial resources to defend themselves from litigation, and medical malpractice attorneys must be both passionate and highly experienced.

What Should I Expect During A Medical Malpractice Case?

Attorneys may use all available resources during the initial consultation period to determine whether injured patients or families have cases. This includes examining medical files, using expert testimonies and other forms of evidence.

Some patients and families might believe they lack the financial means to contact a medical malpractice attorney. Fortunately, at Shapiro Law Group, there are no upfront costs. In the event someone has a case, he or she will not owe attorney fees unless the verdict or settlement ends in his or her favor.

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