Medical professionals can generally be depended upon to provide care of at least a reasonable standard to patients. Unfortunately, some providers fall short of this standard and commit preventable errors that put patients' health and safety at risk. If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury due to a medical error, or if you have lost a family member to wrongful death due to such an error, the attorneys at the Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC can help. With decades of collective experience, we can provide you with a medical malpractice lawyer who serves Oklahoma City and the greater area with tenacity and a devotion to protecting the rights of injured victims. With our proven record in obtaining compensation for victims, we can secure the funds you need to cover your expenses and losses and begin healing. Contact our personal injury law firm today to arrange for your free case evaluation.
Preventable medical errors are in fact a widespread problem that has been called a “crisis” in recent years. A 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report indicated that medical mistakes cost hospitals $3.5 billion each year. Another landmark IOM report found that preventable medical errors account for an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 patient deaths per year.
Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC has successfully handled medical malpractice suits in a variety of cases involving insufficient care. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice claims include:
Often, patients and their families are unsure whether a mistake has been committed by their care provider. If you suspect your standard of care was compromised, our attorneys can evaluate your potential medical malpractice case for free.
Medical malpractice is classified as a negligence claim, and falls under the larger category of tort law. Negligence claims are based on the premise that people owe others a duty of care that accords to a reasonable standard, and that they should be held accountable for injuries resulting from behaviors that deviate from this standard. In order to win a medical malpractice case, an attorney must prove that the victim’s injuries resulted from inadequate medical care. This generally involves the following:
A typical medical malpractice case at Tawwater Law proceeds as follows:
Similar to any personal injury case, medical malpractice damages can be awarded in several categories. The Oklahoma courts allow for recovery of economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. These damages pertain to losses the plaintiff has already experienced, as well as future losses expected.
Awards of non-economic and punitive damages depend upon the severity of injury and the degree of malpractice established. Conduct determined to be flagrantly disregarding of patient safety results in higher settlement or jury awards. Cases of catastrophic injury, such as quadriplegia or irreversible brain trauma, warrant higher compensatory awards. In cases of wrongful death, family members can be compensated for their losses.
Economic damages include:
Non-economic damages pertaining to malpractice include:
Establishing damages is the work of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. At the TawWater Law Firm, we work closely with experts, including forensic accountants, to establish our client’s monetary losses. Investigation includes reviewing hospital records and interviewing medical providers treating the patient. We have a reputation for results, including high dollar awards for our medical malpractice clients.
Our attorneys are experienced in this complex area of law, and can help you establish your claim, conduct the necessary research, and obtain an out-of-court settlement or a trial verdict that recovers the compensation you deserve.
Instances of medical malpractice can have devastating effects on a victim and their family. Contact our practice today and schedule a consultation with an attorney who can discuss your case and determine your next legal steps.