Denver Medical Malpractice Attorney
As an experienced physician with more than 20 years of hands-on practice in the medical field, Attorney Eric Steiner, M.D. is able to serve his clients who have been the victims of medical errors with unique ability and perspective. We understand the science, background, job descriptions, terminology, and procedures of the medical field. This knowledge gives our practice a significant advantage in understanding medical malpractice cases and in representing victims and their families.
Examples of Medical Malpractice & Negligence
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth-related injuries
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to identify medication allergies
- Improper diagnosis
- Medication error
- Objects left in body after surgery
- Robotic technology errors
- Surgical error
If you have lost a loved one due to serious professional misconduct in a hospital, then we can support you and your family as you seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. We have helped countless former clients secure satisfactory verdicts and settlements and we are confident in our ability to help you as well.
Call today to speak with our Denver Medical Negligence Lawyer starting with a free consultation!
Grounds for Malpractice Claims
While most injury claims can yield favorable results with simple evidence that another person, acting in negligence, caused your injury, medical malpractice claims require much more. To build a successful case, a plaintiff must prove that a medical professional violated their trust by providing substandard care. Expert testimony is just one type of evidence that must accompany a medical malpractice claim.
A successful case must prove the following:
- The victim had established a doctor-patient relationship
- Their doctor failed to meet professional standards
- Any injuries suffered were caused by this malpractice
If you are able to meet these criteria, you will be in a good position to see your claim to a successful conclusion. Strong evidence goes a long way against top-level attorneys, conflicting expert opinions, and other common obstacles. It’s also extremely important to start your case as soon as possible after discovering the injury so you don’t miss the legal deadline for your case. The longer you wait, the more difficult your case may be.
Our Related Practice Areas
If you suspect that you are the victim of medical negligence, you might need a medical malpractice lawyer to determine whether or not you have a viable case. Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., enjoys broad experience successfully representing medical errors claimants in a variety of practice areas, including the following types of medical malpractice claims.
Common birth injuries include (but are not limited to):
- Cerebral palsy;
- Erb’s palsy;
- Brachial plexus injuries;
- Vacuum extraction injuries;
- Forceps delivery injuries;
- Breech birth injuries; and
- Cesarean delivery injuries.
Birth defects, by contrast, are typically not the doctor’s fault. Sometimes, however, birth defects are the result of negligent prenatal care.
Doctors are not the only people who can commit medical malpractice. You can also sue a hospital, hospital administrators, nurses, and other medical professionals. For example, hospital negligence might include the failure to properly monitor a patient or unsanitary conditions. An injury lawyer might be able to uncover regulatory violations that would strengthen a medical malpractice claim.
A medication error can include prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. It can also include the failure to ask a patient about drug allergies or the failure to monitor the patient for reactions to a medication. Unfortunately, medication errors are frighteningly common.
Surgical errors can include:
- Anesthesiology errors;
- Scalpel errors;
- Catheter errors;
- Surgery on the wrong site (removing the wrong kidney, for example);
- Operating on the wrong patient;
- Leaving a medical instrument inside the patient’s body; and
- Post-surgical errors.
Remember that not every surgical error rises to the level of medical malpractice.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does an undesirable medical result automatically amount to medical malpractice?
No. Doctors, being human, are not required to be error-free. But doctors must meet a minimum standard of care when treating their patients. The standard of care for doctors and other medical professionals is much higher than the standard of care that would apply to a layman rendering first aid at the scene of an accident. A skilled and experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you tell the difference between allowable human error and medical negligence.
How do you prove negligence in a medical malpractice case?
You will probably need at least one expert medical witness. Expert medical witnesses are often doctors or former doctors, and many of them earn 100% of their income serving as witnesses in court cases. Although the lawyer for the opposing party will likely emphasize the fact that the witness is paid, paying an expert medical witness is routine. In fact, the defense is likely to call a paid medical witness as well.
How do you claim medical malpractice if the patient dies from a medical error?
Colorado allows certain close relatives to file a wrongful death lawsuit, beginning with the surviving spouse (if any). Compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can be substantial and can include damages for the survivors’ emotional distress.
What is Colorado’s “certificate of review” in a medical malpractice case?
A certificate of review is a document in which a qualified medical expert states that your medical malpractice claim is at least plausible, based on an examination of the facts and evidence surrounding your case. You or your lawyer must submit this document before the court will hold a trial.
High-Caliber Representation in Denver
Understanding whether or not you have a medical malpractice case can be complicated. Gerash Steiner & Blanton & Blanton, P.C. is experienced in these types of cases and can help you understand your situation from a legal standpoint to become informed of your rights, as well as a medical standpoint to help you become aware of your treatment needs. Our lawyers have close to four decades of combined experience in helping victims of true medical malpractice.
We have obtained a number of accolades within the legal community, including an AV® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®. Our commitment to the best interests of the individuals we represent is the defining aspect of our practice. We strive to offer acute, dedicated advocacy focused on obtaining the best possible result for each client’s case.
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At our firm, we offer free initial consultations to all injury victims. There is no reason to put off obtaining the legal counsel and representation you need. Demand justice by calling our Denver medical malpractice attorney immediately.
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