When seeking medical treatment, patients want to be healed and receive the best care possible. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors, nurses, or dentists fail to provide the care needed, and injuries and possibly death can occur as a result of this negligence. Medical malpractice results when a medical provider fails to exhibit the degree of skill and care in medical treatment and an injury results. There are many different types of medical malpractice, such as misdiagnosis, lack of informed consent, surgical errors, and miscalculations involving prescriptions or administering the wrong medication, birth injuries, and delayed diagnosis. If you or a family member have been injured as a result of medical malpractice and are looking for an Oklahoma medical malpractice attorney to represent you, Lloyd & Lloyd can help.
Damages in a medical malpractice claim vary case by case. Generally, you can claim damages for medical expenses, including corrective procedures or the expense of future care, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Economic damages are those that affect a person’s ability to work, and the claimant’s education level and experience will help determine the amount of these damages. Some people may need care for the rest of their lives as a result of their injuries, particularly if the injury resulted in brain damage or damage to the spinal cord. Other types of damages may be harder to calculate, such as psychological effects from medical negligence that changed the patient’s appearance or lifestyle.
It is important to consult an attorney as soon as you are aware that you may have suffered an injury due to negligent medical care. Under Oklahoma state law, you may be time-barred from bringing a claim for your injuries if you wait too long. This type of case requires expert testimony from medical providers in the same specialty as the defendant who can testify about what he or she did that failed to meet the standard of care and caused injuries. A claim for medical negligence can be expensive to litigate and difficult to settle prior to trial. Therefore, it is important to choose an Oklahoma medical malpractice attorney with experience in this field. Attorneys at Lloyd and Lloyd will review your case and advise you of your legal rights. Call today to schedule an initial consultation.