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Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Des Moines
Medical malpractice lawsuits require expert testimony and an opinion pre-trial that there has been a breach of the standard of care. This type of litigation is complex and time-consuming, the medical issues involved must be carefully reviewed in order to invest the resources in order to be successful. These types of lawsuits usually represent expensive, difficult, and hard-fought victories. Defendants are well-insured for most of these claims, and malpractice carriers spend incredible sums to defend lawsuits rather than settle medical malpractice suits against their doctors, healthcare professionals, and hospitals.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice
In order to recover damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove the defendant had a duty to the patient, the health care provider breached said duty, and the breach of that duty resulted in damages to the plaintiff. This is referred to as “medical malpractice” or “medical negligence.” Our attorneys will protect our clients’ rights to pursue compensation if injury or death results from negligence or a breach of that standard of care. It is important to understand doctors, hospitals, and other health care practitioners will strongly deny and defend these types of claims. All claims of negligence must be proven by expert testimony verifying that a standard of care has been violated. Some of the most forms of medical malpractice are as follows:
- Improper or Delayed Diagnosis by a Doctor
- Errors Made During Surgery: Including wrong-site Surgery
- Paramedic Errors: Caused by negligent emergency care and/or diagnosis
- Mistakes in Treatment and Medication: Including dosage errors or wrong medicines
- Dangerous Drugs: Overprescribed or incorrectly administered
- Nursing Home Negligence: Denial of care, improper medical attention or treatment
- Nursing Errors and Hospital Errors: Caused by inadequate medical staff training or staffing
- Dangerous or Defective Medical Devices
- Birth Injuries and Complications in Childbirth
As part of our analysis, our medical attorneys will evaluate the following:
- Did the medical provider meet the applicable standard of care? All licensed physicians and health professionals are employed to protect and treat patients with illnesses or injuries to a mandated standard of care. Was there a breach of duty of care (for example, was the applicable standard of care not met)? A physician or hospital must provide patients with the appropriate level of medical care and attention required by Iowa law. Failure to do so is a breach of their required duty to a patient or their loved one.
- Did this breach of duty cause injuries or damages? A healthcare professional’s breach of this duty may lead to injury or even serious illness or death.