Doctors and other medical care providers have an obligation to provide an acceptable standard of care to every patient. If you experienced additional injuries, advancing illness, or other harm because of medical negligence, you could qualify to recover compensation based on your case.
Medical malpractice attorneys in Lafayette at the Morris Bart law office may be able to help. Our team members are available to review your case for free today. We can explain the steps you should take to protect your rights and seek justice.
Recoverable Compensation Depends on Your Medical Malpractice Expenses and Losses
When our law firm manages a medical malpractice claim, our attorneys gather evidence to document the client’s related expenses and losses, including future costs and intangible losses. This evidence allows us to present strong support for the payout we believe our client needs based on the facts of the case.
Recoverable damages could include:
- Medical bills through the time we file the claim
- Estimated future treatment and care needs
- Lost wages and other income
- Diminished ability to earn
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
If your family member died because of medical negligence, you may be able to recover wrongful death damages. La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2 outlines who qualifies to file these claims and the types of damages available.
Caps on how much total compensation you can recover in your case could apply. When we represent a victim of medical malpractice, we explain how Louisiana law may affect the value of their case and what a fair and just financial recovery could look like.
For a free legal consultation with a Medical Malpractice lawyer serving Lafayette, call (337) 446-4571
How Can I Prove I Am a Victim of Lafayette Medical Malpractice?
Not all medical errors or doctor’s mistakes will support a medical malpractice claim. The care provider must fail to provide the expected and accepted level of care that another person with similar training, education, and experience would have provided under the same circumstances.
Almost any type of trained medical care provider can commit medical negligence. This could include:
- Family physicians
- Emergency room doctors
- Eye doctors
In addition, liable parties in these cases may also include hospitals, clinics, long-term care homes, or other facilities where the prevailing culture allowed the negligence to occur.
The types of incidents that support medical malpractice claims are wide-ranging, but could include:
- Failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of a serious injury or illness
- Surgical mistakes, including wrong site or wrong surgery errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Providing the incorrect treatment
- Medication errors, such as giving the wrong medication or wrong dose
- Birth injuries
If a Lafayette medical malpractice attorney from the Morris Bart law office handles your claim, we will build a strong case to show the liable parties violated the expected duty of care and caused you additional harm and suffering.
We have a network of experts we can call on in these cases who help us understand what should have happened and how your care providers’ actions instead caused injuries.
Deadlines for Taking Legal Action in a Lafayette Medical Negligence Suit
There is a statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases in Louisiana, as well as other deadlines you should know about that could affect your rights.
Under La. Civ. Code Art. 9:5628, victims of medical negligence generally have one year to file a lawsuit. This timeline begins:
- The date of the incident; or
- The time when you discovered the malpractice; or
- When you reasonably should have known negligence occurred
There is a statute of repose for medical malpractice actions in Louisiana, as well. This statute allows you up to three years from the date the negligence occurred to act. If you do not begin civil action by this date, you could lose your right to sue.
Exceptions exist to these statutes, and you could have a different timeline based on the facts of your case. We can determine your legal rights and options during your case review with our team.
Morris Bart, LLC Lawyers Represent Victims of Lafayette Medical Malpractice
At the Morris Bart law firm, we have worked for victims of medical malpractice and other negligence injuries for more than 40 years. In 2019, we won 6,500 cases for our clients, including both settled claims and court awards.
Our contingency-fee firm has 15 offices serving clients in all areas of four states:
We also represent those hurt in accidents off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico or other international waters. We provide free initial case consultations for potential clients who have questions or need a complimentary assessment of their rights and options for taking action.
When one of our medical malpractice lawyers manages a case for a client, we will take the necessary steps to prove:
- The doctor, facility, or another liable party had an obligation to provide an acceptable standard of care because of their relationship with the victim
- They failed to provide the level of care that another with their experience and training would have, causing harm
- There are additional injuries or advancing medical concerns that occurred because of this harm
- The patient suffered physically and financially as a result
We may be able to help you with your medical negligence claim. Connect with our staff today for a free consultation to learn more.
Discuss Your Case With a Lafayette Medical Malpractice Team Member
You can speak with a team member about medical malpractice cases today for free. The Morris Bart law office in Lafayette has team members available to discuss your legal options with you.
Our medical malpractice attorneys in Lafayette will help you understand the opportunities you have to hold the doctor or another negligent party responsible. Call us now or fill out our online contact form to get started.
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