Wyoming Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Experienced Trial Lawyers Representing Victims of Medical Malpractice
We put our trust in doctors, expecting them to make us well.
But too many doctors and other medical professionals betray that trust by injuring their patients unnecessarily through their own carelessness.
If you suspect that a medical professional has injured you, then you should meet with a Casper medical malpractice lawyer to review your case.
You might be entitled to compensation.
Medical Malpractice—A Growing Problem
According to recent research, medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States.
About 250,000 people die each year from medical errors and hundreds of thousands more suffer serious injuries.
These injuries would have been entirely preventable had the doctor used sufficient care when treating patients.
Unfortunately, doctors are not in the habit of admitting their mistakes to patients, so you might not know if you have suffered an injury. Pay attention to the following, which might be clues that you are injured:
- You do not get better after treatment
- You feel pain in a different part of your body
- A second doctor makes a different diagnosis soon after you saw your first doctor
- Your doctor is avoiding you probably out of a guilty conscience
- A loved one who was in otherwise good health dies in surgery
If you notice any of these, you should trust your instincts and meet with a Caspar medical malpractice attorney to review the circumstances.
Common Examples of Medical Malpractice
At Platte River Injury Law, we handle all types of medical malpractice cases, including:
Failure to diagnose/inaccurate diagnosis. Your doctor fails to connect the dots and identify your illness or injury. As a result, you fail to get adequate treatment in time and are injured even further.
Medication errors. A doctor might prescribe the wrong drug for your illness or give you the wrong dose.
Leaving implements in the body. A surgeon might leave behind sponges, mesh, or clamps.
Failure to monitor. After surgery, a doctor should follow up and check how patients are doing. Some doctors fail to do this and cannot catch complications that have developed.
Anesthesia errors. You might receive too much or too little anesthesia during surgery, or the anesthesiologist might fail to move your body properly, resulting in a stroke.
Birth injuries to mothers. Many things can go wrong in labor and delivery, and both mothers and babies can suffer injuries. Doctors sometimes fail to properly monitor mothers and do not notice blood loss or increased blood pressure.
Birth injuries to babies. Delayed delivery can cause brain injuries because of blood or oxygen deprivation.
Each medical malpractice case is different. You should not assume you don’t have a case without first speaking to a medical malpractice attorney.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Doctors and other medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care. Specifically, they must use the care that other reasonably prudent professionals would use under the circumstances. This does not mean that your doctor needs to be perfect, but they must be competent.
Determining whether your doctor followed the proper standard of care is complicated and not most things that jurors can understand on their own. For this reason, we often consult with medical experts who can review your medical records and memories to determine whether the doctor made a mistake that ended up hurting you.
Many of these experts are current or former doctors who can offer their opinion about whether your doctor followed the proper standard of care. Doctors can also offer expert testimony about whether the mistake caused you additional injury.
Compensation You Can Receive
If you are successful in your medical malpractice case, you can receive compensation for a variety of injuries, including:
- The costs of medical care, such as rehabilitation or medication
- The costs of corrective surgery
- Replacement of lost wages
- Lost future wages, if your injuries prevent you from returning to work
- Pain and suffering
The amount of compensation will depend on the circumstances, and not all clients receive compensation for the above injuries. However, a lawyer can carefully analyze your injuries and give you an estimate of how much you might receive.
If a loved one died because of a doctor’s mistake, then surviving family members can often receive money in a wrongful death lawsuit. If successful, the doctor responsible for your loved one’s death will have to compensate you for the following:
- The wages your loved one could have earned had she or he lived
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Any pain and suffering your loved one endured before death
- Your loved one’s medical bills to treat their last illness
- The loss of companionship, care, and comfort surviving family members have endured
- Family members’ pain and suffering due to the death of their loved one
In Wyoming, the estate’s personal representative files the lawsuit, but family members receive the compensation in the lawsuit.
Wyoming law does not give medical malpractice victims an unlimited amount of time to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. Instead, victims generally only have two years from the medical error to bring a lawsuit. This deadline can be extended if you could not reasonably discover your injuries, but it is best not to rely on this exception. If you wait too long, then your case will be dismissed, and you will not receive any compensation for your injuries.
Speak to a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Casper, WY
Medical errors cause tremendous pain and suffering, and victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries. If you suspect that you have fallen victim to medical malpractice, please reach out to Platte River Injury Law today.
Medical malpractice cases are complex, and not every lawyer is equipped to handle them. Wyoming throws many roadblocks in the way of injured victims having their day in court, including a medical review panel that must review your case before you can get your day in court.
Our Caspar medical malpractice lawyer has years of experience building cases against doctors and other medical professionals. Our firm is anxious to use our experience for you. To schedule your free initial consultation, please contact us today.