Medical malpractice is the result of a breach of duty by a medical provider or facility. This could take many forms, from staff members failing to follow set protocols to poor coordination among medical teams. It can also include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or treatment, or failure to provide treatment altogether.
According to a 2016 study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, medical malpractice is actually the third leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting over 250,000 patients each year. However, because of CDC reporting criteria, it doesn’t even appear on the list of leading causes of death. This number doesn’t account for the many instances of medical malpractice that do not result in death.
If you’ve suffered from medical malpractice that leads to significant side effects, disability, or the death of a loved one, you deserve compensation that will cover your medical bills and related expenses or loss. A qualified and experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you to seek justice and a fair settlement.
When the medical professionals and the hospitals you trust to provide proper care fail you, the experts at The Ruth Law Team are here to help. We understand the anger, betrayal, and frustration you feel, not to mention the stress of facing a rising tide of unanticipated medical costs. That’s why we’re here to take on the burden of fighting your legal battle.
When the negligence of others has caused pain and suffering, our dedicated team is driven to help you achieve justice. You never have to worry about paying upfront. We don’t get a dime unless and until we finalize your settlement. The last thing you need is more stress when you’re coping with injuries or the loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice. Let us do what we do best so that you can focus on recovery and get back to your life.
Medical malpractice isn’t easy to prove. With a seasoned medical malpractice attorney on your side, you have the best chance to fight for justice and secure the compensation necessary to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, or other costs. Call The Ruth Law Team today at (888) 783-8378 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about the ways that we can help you to reach a fair settlement.
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Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
Because there are so many potential types of medical malpractice, it’s not always easy to tell when it has occurred. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose
- Delayed treatment or failure to treat
- Prescription medication errors (wrong medications or incorrect dosages)
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical errors
- Unnecessary surgeries
- Birth injuries
- Procedural errors
- Failure to inform patient of risks
- and more
Another type of medical malpractice centers around a lack of informed consent. In this scenario, medical professionals fail to properly explain the potential risks of a procedure, so any consent given by a patient is not considered to be fully informed.
In some cases, medical malpractice can result in minor injuries, but it can also cause serious injuries that require long-term care or recovery, as well as permanent disability or death.
When this occurs, you need the expertise of the medical malpractice attorneys at The Ruth Law Team. We’ll guide and support you throughout the process of negotiating the maximum compensation in your case.
Whether you suffer a birth injury, an unnecessary amputation, or a misdiagnosis that leads to a heart attack or stroke, there is a single primary cause: The breach of duty by a medical professional or facility.
Medical malpractice can happen for several reasons, such as:
- Lack of communication or coordination during care
- Lack of protocols or failure to follow set protocols
- Absence of safety net practices
- Fragmentation of healthcare providers and insurance networks
To prove medical malpractice, three key criteria must exist. First, standards of care must have been violated. This may mean that recognized protocols were not followed. Alternatively, it can relate to what a reasonable and prudent medical professional would consider to be standard practice.
Next, the breach of duty must result in an injury. Finally, the injury must cause significant damages, such as the need for significant and/or ongoing medical care, disability, unusual pain and suffering, or death.
If you suspect that you are the victim of medical malpractice, contact a qualified and caring medical malpractice lawyer at The Ruth Law Team to evaluate your case.
What Happens Next?
Even if you’re certain that you’ve been the victim of malpractice, you may be understandably hesitant to contact a medical malpractice attorney, especially if you’re afraid of the hassle and expense of launching a lawsuit.
That’s why the experienced and compassionate professionals at The Ruth Law Team make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.
Not only do we work on contingency — so you pay nothing unless we secure fair compensation — but our three-step process also is designed to minimize your stress and reach a settlement as quickly as possible so that you can get back to your life.
What does our process entail?
We start by gathering the necessary documentation to establish your claim, including items like medical records and medical bills. We’ll also collect employment records for anyone named in the lawsuit, along with records for any previous medical malpractice claims.
Once we have the required documentation, we’ll continue to investigate as necessary to gather evidence that backs up your claim. This could include collecting footage, if a procedure was recorded, for example, or working with subject matter experts to show that the standards of care were violated.
With the right documentation and in-depth research, we can begin to build a solid case to prove medical malpractice. We leverage our knowledge, experience, and considerable resources to negotiate for the best possible settlement on your behalf as quickly as possible.
The experts at The Ruth Law Team know how to fight medical professionals and institutions, as well as insurance providers, to secure maximum compensation. As your medical malpractice lawyers, we are committed to representing your best interests.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice
There’s no need to feel intimidated by the prospect of teaming up with a medical malpractice lawyer to pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. At The Ruth Law Team, we’re always happy to evaluate your case, explain our process, and address all of your questions and concerns. Here are a few of the most common questions we hear to give you an idea of what to expect.
Yes. If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, it’s essential that you contact a qualified attorney at The Ruth Law Team as soon as possible so we can meet filing deadlines and start the process of collecting evidence. The sooner we get started, the better chance we have of securing a fast and fair settlement in your case.
It’s natural to worry that you won’t be able to afford quality legal representation, but The Ruth Law Team won’t charge you a penny upfront. We work on contingency, which means if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid. This, in addition to our incredible passion for justice, shows how committed we are to ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. When a settlement is reached, our fee will come out of the final number, so you pay nothing out of pocket for our services.
There are several things that you need to do if you suspect you have been the victim of medical malpractice. While your medical malpractice attorney will do most of the work of collecting evidence, you can get started by compiling medical records and billing statements. It’s a good idea to create a journal, as well, to note any details you may remember about the incident and to document your experience in the aftermath.
Perhaps the most important thing that you can do, however, is to contact the professionals at The Ruth Law Team as soon as possible. You only have so much time to file a claim, and the sooner you get started, the sooner you can recover damages to pay for medical bills and other expenses.
Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys will always try to reach a fair settlement out of court, but in some cases, this isn’t possible. If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to trial in an effort to recover maximum compensation.
The Ruth Law Team boasts over 40 years of experience in successfully settling cases like yours, both out of court and at trial. While we always try to reach a quick settlement, we also thoroughly prepare to fight for justice in the courtroom setting.
Laws regarding compensation can vary from state to state, but when it comes to medical malpractice cases, you’ll find that there are two main types of damages you may seek: monetary and non-monetary damages.
These can include items like:
- Medical costs
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
- and more
When you suffer from medical malpractice, the qualified attorneys at The Ruth Law Team will evaluate your case and help you to seek suitable damages based on the specific details of your case.
Each state has its own rules regarding the statute of limitations to file medical malpractice claims. Both Florida and Georgia mandate that a medical malpractice suit be filed within two years of the date of injury, except in cases in which the injury is not discovered immediately, in which case the clock on the 2-year period may start when the injury is discovered. In Minnesota, the claim must be filed within four years of the date that the injury is discovered.
At The Ruth Law Team, we represent your best interests. Or top priorities are to secure a fast, fair settlement and to make the process as easy as possible. We’re always happy to come to you for your convenience, whether you’re at home or in the hospital. We’re available 24/7 to address every question and concern. We won’t receive a dime for our services until we secure compensation for you. We can even help you to negotiate with medical providers and facilities to defer payment until your case reaches settlement.
Our comprehensive and compassionate services are designed to deliver peace of mind. We’ll dedicate our extensive resources to seeking justice and maximum compensation on your behalf. You have enough to worry about, so let The Ruth Law Team take the reins on your legal battle while you focus on recovery.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys
For over 40 years, the talented professionals at The Ruth Law Team have built a reputation for securing maximum settlements in cases like yours. We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive and compassionate service. Our team will work hard to get the justice you deserve and the compensation you need to get back to your life.
Our knowledgeable and experienced team includes:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
Your attorney will stick with you every step of the way. Our entire legal team is dedicated to building a strong case for you so that we can leverage the best possible settlement on your behalf.
Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice can leave you dealing with short-term or long-term consequences that impact your ability to work and live life to the fullest. It can also rob you of a loved one. Don’t wait to seek justice and the compensation that you deserve. The Ruth Law Team will do all that we can to secure a maximum settlement as quickly as possible so that you can focus on healing and moving forward.
On behalf of our client and the client’s family, our firm worked diligently to ensure adequate compensation for a devastating incident of medical malpractice. Such results do not come easily, but only after many, many hours of work and months of litigation. While there is no way we can undo the harm that has been done, we achieve satisfaction in helping to provide the resources to enable our clients to obtain the ongoing care they will need.
Because every case is unique with specifics relating to circumstances of the accident, degree of negligence, and extent of injury, results shown here are not necessarily representative of the compensation that you can expect.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
When you’ve suffered from medical malpractice at the hands of the professionals you trusted for your care, the last thing you need to do is spend time fighting. The knowledgeable and experienced professionals at The Ruth Law Team are here to help. Call us today at (888) 783-8378, contact us online, or reach out through our live chat to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.Florida Georgia Minnesota