Mesa Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical Malpractice Attorney in Mesa, AZ
When you are sick, injured, or just need a check-up, you put your life in the hands of medical professionals to take the best care of you. Unfortunately, you may experience improper care at the hands of these professionals, which can lead to further injuries and challenges. According to a 2016 John Hopkins study, over 250,000 deaths in the United States were due to medical error, proving it is more common than you may think.
If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you might stress about where to begin in filing a complaint and gathering information. Our experienced legal team at Feller & Wendt in Mesa may be able to help you compile evidence, file your complaint, and fight for the compensation you deserve so you can focus on healing.
What Qualifies as Medical Malpractice?
Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are all expected to follow a standard of care for their patients. Medical malpractice occurs when these medical professionals deviate from that standard of care by neglecting to provide adequate treatment, not taking appropriate action, or giving substandard treatment that causes any harm to the patient.
To have a medical malpractice case, the doctor or other healthcare professional must improperly execute the standard of care, and you must have significant injuries because of this neglect. Any evidence of a disability, lost wages, emotional distress, pain, or suffering should be presented as well.
Because medical procedures and treatments are often complex, it can be difficult to determine if you did experience medical malpractice. Different forms of poor medical practices include the following:
- Failure to treat or diagnose a condition
- Improper surgical procedures or operating on the incorrect area
- Prescription errors or assigning medications that should not mix
- Not getting informed consent from a patient
- Using contaminated instruments
- Injuries to baby during delivery
- Administering too much or too little anesthesia
If you have experienced any medical malpractice, it’s important to hold the at-fault party accountable. According to ARS §12-542, you have up to two years after discovering medical malpractice caused by injuries to file your claim. There are some circumstances in which this time frame can be extended, which are detailed in ARS §§12-501, 12-502.
What Are the Potential Recoverable Damages in a Mesa Medical Malpractice Case?
When pursuing your medical malpractice case, you might wonder how much compensation you’re entitled. At our Mesa law firm, our team may be able to help you discover the extent of your injuries and what economic and non-economic damages relate to your injuries. These damages include the following:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages from missed work
- Hospital bills
- Physical therapy
- Reduced quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
We understand all of these aspects of your situation can be overwhelming to sort through, so we are here to help you pinpoint dollar amounts for all your potential damages and go through the legal process with you while you recover.
How to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Mesa, Arizona
Before jumping into a lawsuit with your healthcare provider, you may consider filing a complaint. You can do this by filling out a complaint form and submitting it to the Arizona Medical Review Board. From there, the Review Board decides whether or not to take disciplinary action against the doctor, nurse, or facility.
If you pursue a medical malpractice case, you will need evidence that proves you would not have your injuries if it weren’t for your doctor’s negligence. When you file for a medical malpractice lawsuit in Arizona, you must also attach a certification stating if expert medical testimony is necessary for the case.
If an expert medical opinion is necessary to prove you sustained your injuries from medical error, the certification should be submitted to the defendant within 30 days of their response to your complaint. If your certification states the testimony is unnecessary, the at-fault party may still demand an expert medical opinion, and the judge will decide if it’s needed.
Consult a Knowledgeable Mesa Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Feller & Wendt
Being injured through no fault of your own due to the negligence of a medical professional can be stressful. The legal process that follows might make it challenging to focus on recovery. At Feller & Wendt, we are here to advocate for you and get the financial compensation you deserve so you can heal. Our lawyers are equipped with 30 years of combined experience, and they are prepared to listen to your story so they can make the best case for you.
If you are a victim of medical malpractice in Arizona and need help getting started, our attorneys may be able to provide you guidance and confident representation. Contact us for a complimentary case consultation by giving us a call at (480) 702-2277 or filling out our contact form.