The statistics are staggering. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are injured or killed by preventable medical error each year. If you or a loved one have been injured because of a healthcare professional's negligence or lack of informed consent, you need the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. In Provo, UT, the law firm of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton assists clients in holding careless doctors, technicians, and pharmacists accountable.
The civil courts allow victims of medical malpractice to seek monetary restitution for losses caused by negligence. To find out how our attorneys can help, please contact us today and schedule a free consultation.
About Medical Malpractice
Doctors and hospitals have a professional duty of care to their patients, and so do the nurses, technicians and other employees acting under their supervision. Patients must entrust their safety to these professionals, and when a breach of duty causes injury or fatality, compensation is owed for damages. There are many different forms of medical malpractice, which can occur in clinics, emergency rooms, and even on a sports field. Some of the most common examples of medical malpractice are:
- Birth injuries – This includes cerebral palsy and other brain injuries, as well as shoulder dystocia causing Erb's palsy.
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis – Many serious illnesses can be successfully treated if detected early, and a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can be a catastrophic mistake.
- Pharmaceutical errors - Powerful prescription medications require careful oversight. Without it, patients may suffer from interactions with other drugs they take, or may be given an incorrect dosage.
- Surgical error – Mistakes made by a surgeon, anesthesiologist, or operating room nurse can result in devastating injury or death.
You can expect focused, individual attention from your attorney as we work to obtain a fair settlement or take your case to trial.
Legal Help for Malpractice Victims
There is a two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Utah, so it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible when malpractice is suspected. Medical malpractice cases can be complex, and insurance adjusters have an agenda that is certainly not focused on the injured party's best interest.
A medical malpractice attorney needs to conduct a thorough investigation of the facts of a case, then gather and clarify evidence to prove negligence occurred. Medical records and hospital logs are carefully scrutinized, and many witnesses are interviewed. The extent of losses suffered by a medical malpractice victim and family must be determined, including any need for long-term care and lifestyle accommodations.
Severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries often have repercussions that are life-altering and very costly.
If you are a client of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we will utilize extensive resources, including medical and accounting experts, to build your case. You can expect focused, individual attention from your attorney as we work to obtain a fair settlement or take your case to trial. We are a client-centered law firm, and are dedicated to seeking justice for all injury and wrongful death victims.
Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton bring decades of experience in the practice of personal injury law, including medical malpractice. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.