If you suffered injuries because of your doctor’s negligent actions, you may be able to recover damages. Compensation might be available to cover your necessary medical treatment, time away from work, psychological harm, and more. A lawyer at the Morris Bart law office in Little Rock can help you with this pursuit.
Our team offers free case evaluations to those hurt by a medical professional or hospital’s negligence. We can assess your case for you and answer any questions you may have about our services or your legal rights.
You May Be Able to Secure Compensation Based on Your Doctor’s Negligence
A medical malpractice insurance claim or lawsuit may allow you to hold the negligent party or parties liable for your injuries and financial losses. When one of our medical malpractice lawyers pursues damages for a client, we gather evidence to show their range of costs incurred. This evidence could include:
- Medical bills
- Documents proving missed wages
- Relevant medical records
- Receipts for related expenses
Damages You Can Collect
Using this evidence, among other forms, we determine an appropriate settlement range for the claim and demand the insurer pay compensation for damages that include:
- Current and future medical costs related to the harm suffered
- Lost income and reduced ability to earn
- Related expenses and losses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Wrongful death damages if the victim died
Requesting compensation leads to settlement negotiations. We may be able to reach an agreement that compensates you fairly through this process without needing to sue the doctor or hospital. However, we will sue the liable parties if necessary.
Morris Bart, LLC, Helps Medical Malpractice Victims in Little Rock
The Morris Bart law office is a contingency-fee personal injury law firm and will evaluate your case during a free consultation. We have more than 40 years of experience helping injured clients pursue damages and hold the negligent parties responsible. In 2019, we won more than 6,500 settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Today, the Morris Bart law firm has 16 locations in four states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama. Our lawyers represent those injured by medical negligence or whose condition worsened because of a health care provider’s careless or reckless actions.
How Can You Prove Your Arkansas Medical Malpractice Case?
A doctor, another medical care professional, or facility can act negligently and harm patients in many ways. Some ways malpractice occurs include:
- Delayed diagnosis or missed diagnosis
- Failure to treat or incorrect treatment
- Surgical errors
- Items left inside a patient’s body during or after surgery
- Anesthesia errors
- Other medication errors
- Birth injuries
In some cases, dangerous and defective medical devices or medications can cause injuries. These cases may or may not include malpractice on the part of a doctor or pharmacist. Our attorneys can review these cases to determine your options, as well.
Where Can Medical Malpractice Happen?
Medical malpractice can occur:
- In your local hospital
- In an emergency department
- At your family physician’s office
- In a surgical center
- In an urgent care or walk-in clinic
- At any location where you receive medical assessment or treatment
What does Arkansas Law Say About a Doctor’s Responsibility?
The laws that govern the Arkansas medical malpractice process are AR § 16-114-201 through 213. These statutes require doctors and other medical professionals to provide an acceptable standard of care while evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients.
While making mistakes is only human, and many circumstances could lead to your condition worsening (not because of medical negligence), a doctor or another liable party should be held accountable when they fail to do their job properly.
What Is ‘an Acceptable Standard of Care?’
Providing an acceptable standard of care means the healthcare provider uses their training and experience to exercise the same level of skill as others would in the same situation.
Under AR § 16-114-206, their behavior and the actions they took should be compared to a doctor “engaged in the same type of practice or specialty in the locality in which he or she practices or in a similar locality” to determine if they provided an acceptable standard of care.
What Role do Medical Expert Witnesses Play in a Little Rock Claim?
We generally enlist the help of medical expert witnesses to help us prove malpractice occurred. These expert witnesses will:
- Review the client’s relevant medical records and other evidence
- Assess what happened
- Determine if the doctor provided an acceptable standard of care
- Detail how the care provider’s actions affected the client’s health
- Help us understand the client’s future medical needs
Our team has a network of experts we can call on to work with us on these cases.
There are Deadlines to Sue Your Doctor or Hospital for Damages
Even though many malpractice claims settle without needing to sue the doctor or hospital, we need to ensure we protect the victim’s rights by paying attention to the deadlines that could apply. The medical malpractice deadlines in Arkansas can seem complex. Under AR § 16-114-203, victims generally have:
- Two years from the day the medical malpractice occurred
- One year from the date they discovered the error, under certain circumstances
- More time in other situations, like birth injuries
One of our lawyers can explain the deadlines that could apply to your case during your free case compensation. It is crucial to meet all deadlines. Missing a filing deadline could endanger your right to take the negligent parties to trial and hold them responsible.
Talk to a Morris Bart, LLC, Team Member About Your Options Today
The Morris Bart law office in Little Rock will review your medical malpractice case for free. A lawyer with our firm can help you better understand your legal options and the steps necessary to recover money damages based on what happened to you.
Call (501) 588-3304 today to discuss your injuries or illness with our team for free. We are standing by and ready to get started right away.
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