The Cape Cod medical malpractice attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III represent patients who have been injured by doctors and other health care professionals who make mistakes or provide inadequate care. Patients put a lot of trust into health care providers and expect that their conditions will be made better – or at least not worse – after seeking treatment. Our lawyers have dedicated our careers to ensuring that people injured by the carelessness of others assert their rights to the full compensation to which they may be entitled under the law. We have more than 146 years of combined legal experience and a strong history of helping victims bring persuasive cases.Seeking Compensation for a Surgical Error
As in most personal injury cases, a person suing for medical malpractice usually needs to prove that the doctor or other defendant that he or she is suing failed to live up to a specific “standard of care.” The standard of conduct expected of doctors and health care professionals is higher than for ordinary citizens because of their training and expertise. The specific standard varies based on the circumstances, but it is intended to cover what would be expected of a reasonable health care professional in good standing in the same specialty who is treating a similarly situated patient. Establishing the standard often means relying on expert witnesses to demonstrate the reasonable course of action.
In surgical error situations, for example, other surgeons and medical school instructors who teach surgical procedures might be able to testify as to how they would have acted and what would have been expected of others in the profession. They also could explain how the defendant’s actions fell short of this standard and how they resulted in the patient’s injuries, whether by creating a new medical condition or by making an existing condition worse. These are essential elements of a medical malpractice claim. Causation usually may be shown by presenting detailed medical evidence to establish the person’s condition before and after the surgery, as well as what their condition should have been had the operation been performed successfully.
A patient who successfully proves that a surgeon committed an avoidable error is usually entitled to recover damages for medical bills, missed wages, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, emotional distress, and other forms of compensation that may be appropriate in the specific situation. In the tragic event that a surgical error proves fatal, family members of the victim may bring a wrongful death action against the doctor who was responsible. They may be able to obtain damages for the victim’s pain and suffering before death as well as the expenses and losses that they incurred.Discuss a Medical Malpractice Case with a Cape Cod Attorney
If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of a surgical error, our injury attorneys can help. We can draw on teams of outside experts to provide comprehensive services for our clients. Our previous victories include a number of six- and seven-figure settlements in personal injury cases. Our offices are located in Hyannis and Plymouth, and our Cape Cod medical malpractice lawyers are happy to travel to you if you cannot make it to us. We offer free consultations, and we do not charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.