Surgeons are considered to be the upper echelon of physicians due to the extensive training they must undergo that is substantially longer than other types of doctors. A surgeon can practice many types of surgeries as general surgeons do or their practice can be in more specialized surgeries like orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, or vascular surgery. Surgeons spend lots of time planning a surgical procedure, performing the operation in the operating room, and then following up postoperatively in an effort to identify complications and to confirm that the surgery was successful. Despite all of this training and planning surgeons can still commit medical malpractice as surgical errors are one of the 5 most common types of medical malpractice claims. If you have been the victim of a surgical error please contact our injury attorneys handling surgeon malpractice lawsuits nationwide.
The American College of Surgeons acknowledges 14 surgical subspecialties: cardio-thoracic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, general surgery, gynecology and obstetrics, gynecologic oncology, neurological surgery, ophthalmic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otorhinolaryngology, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, urology & vascular surgery. Each of these types of surgeons can be allopaths or osteopaths. They can all commit surgical negligence and our surgical malpractice attorneys will hold them accountable if their oversight leads to illness, infection, injury or wrongful death.
1. Experience Handling Your Type Of Claim If you were injured due to a cancer misdiagnosis retaining an attorney who specializes in divorce law may not be the best option for you. The term personal injury is an umbrella term that encompasses many different types of injury and accident cases that occur in many different environments. For each type of personal injury claim all states individual laws which govern the time limits for filing a claim, type of compensation you may be entitled to and benefits you may be awarded. If the attorney you are speaking with has not handled a medical negligence case before it may not be a great idea to let them handle your case as a means of gaining experience.
2. Litigation Experience In today’s legal environment a large majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court and end with a settlement. That is fine and odds are your case could end in a settlement. What you should be aware of is the fact that it could ultimately go to the litigation phase i.e. trial. If the attorney you are speaking with has never had a case go to trial it may make sense to find an attorney who has had experience taking delayed, inaccurate and misdiagnosis cases to court. There is a huge difference in an attorney being able to negotiate a settlement on your behalf and properly representing your case in court.
3. Their History Of Obtaining Maximum Compensation And Clients For Their Clients When speaking with a prospective personal injury lawyer you should inquire about their history of getting favorable settlements and verdicts for their clients regarding the type of case that applies to you. Also, If you were injured in Pennsylvania for instance you should make sure you are shown settlements and verdicts for Pennsylvania accident cases similar to yours. If you are speaking with an attorney who practices in multiple states the settlements and verdicts you are shown may not be apples to apples to yours. Also, please bear in mind that no personal injury case is the same as each person suffers different injuries, has different recovery times and may have had a pre-existing injury.
4. Their Professional Affiliations, Community Involvement And Legal Discipline Record The various types of professional organizations, bar associations and other groups they belong to may offer insight regarding their level or commitment to their clients and their profession. If they are involved in their community and routinely give back that can speak volumes about the type of person they are in addition to the type of attorney they are. Also, researching their disciplinary history can alert you to any professional struggles they have had over the course of their career. Much of this information can be found either on their website or by Googling their name.
5. Their History Of Handling Surgery Negligence Claims Sometimes attorneys can switch practice areas at any given time. Just because an attorney has been practicing law for over 20 years does not mean that they have been practicing medical negligence law for that entire time. If they were estate planning lawyers until 6 months ago they most likely lack the experience to appropriately handle your claim.
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