Thornton Medical Malpractice Attorneys
We all have the right to expect safe, effective medical care. Especially since a medical error can result in catastrophic injuries. But sometimes, medical providers make mistakes, and occasionally, those mistakes are costly. When a medical provider fails to perform their medical duties competently and harms a patient, it may be medical malpractice. Unfortunately, medical malpractice litigation can be a highly complex and costly endeavor. Consequently, selecting a skilled medical neglect lawyer to handle your case is crucial to a successful resolution.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent medical provider, Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C. can help hold the responsible party accountable. Having accomplished more than 20 years of hands-on practice as a medical malpractice attorney and 17 years as a practicing cardiac anesthesiologist, Eric Steiner has a unique outlook and a significant command of medical malpractice issues. He understands the science, procedures, and terminology common in the medical field.
Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C. is committed to making medical providers account for their medical negligence. You can rely on our highly skilled team to help you understand your rights and navigate the complexities of your medical malpractice petition. Our firm is dedicated to advocating for you and to achieving the best possible outcome for your medical malpractice claims. Contact us today.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Most medical providers do everything possible to offer their patients quality care. However, sometimes doctors make careless mistakes that cause a patient harm. When a provider’s careless mistake leads to injury, it may be medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice is a legal cause of action. It occurs when a medical or healthcare professional deviates from the reasonable and acceptable standards of their profession through a negligent act or omission. The negligence might arise from diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, or health management errors.
Examples of medical malpractice Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C. represents include, but are not limited to:
- Birth injuries. The improper use of forceps, failing to monitor a baby before birth properly, and failing to perform an emergency C-section are all common actions that can lead to birth injuries.
- Surgical errors. Anesthesia errors, catheter errors, infections, leaving surgical equipment within a patient, operating on the wrong patient or wrong body part, scalpel errors, and post-surgical errors can all occur when a doctor breaches their duty of care.
- Hospital negligence. Hospitals, hospital administrators, nurses, and other medical professionals also owe you a duty of care. For example, hospitals have a duty to monitor a patient properly and provide sanitary conditions, or they may be guilty of regulatory violations.
- Medication errors. These include failing to ask a patient about drug allergies, prescribing the wrong medication or dosage, giving the wrong medicine to the wrong patient, and giving a patient medication that reacts dangerously with other drugs.
Medicine is not a perfect science. A patient can suffer an injury or pass away even when physicians meet the highest standards of care. But if a healthcare provider caused injury, illness, or loss of life through a negligent act or omission, you may be able to recover compensation.
Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Not every injury you sustain because of a doctor’s negligence will meet the threshold to file a malpractice suit. The following are elements you must be able to prove to establish a medical malpractice claim:
- You must have a provider-patient relationship with a medical provider who officially gave you medical advice or treatment;
- The provider must have breached their legal duty of care, which is the standard medical treatment accepted and recognized by others in the profession;
- The provider’s breach must result in significant damages; and
- The provider’s breach of the standard of care must have been the cause of your injury, damages, or losses.
Essentially, if a medical provider acted carelessly and it led directly to your injury and damages, and another reasonable healthcare provider in the same situation would not have acted in the same way, the provider in question likely acted negligently.
If a medical provider caused you harm, contact an experienced malpractice attorney in Thornton, Colorado, right away. You can rest assured that the experienced attorneys at Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C. will evaluate your claim to ensure that all elements of negligence are met. We will help you decide the best ways to move forward with your medical malpractice claim.
Consenting to treatment does not equate to consenting to negligence. A provider that breaches their duty of care and seriously injures you cannot argue that you agreed to treatment as a defense. Informed consent only means that a doctor must give you enough information about a treatment, test, or procedure to allow you to decide whether you want to proceed. If another knowledgeable provider would not have made the same mistake or choices in the same situation, asserting that the patient knew the procedure’s risks does not protect the negligent provider.
Colorado Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is a law that sets a deadline for causes of action. In other words, the courts do not give plaintiffs an unlimited amount of time to file a complaint. Instead, each state sets limitations on the time you have to file a lawsuit. And most states have a specific statute of limitations that applies in medical malpractice cases.
In Colorado, this rule is codified in the Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-80-102.5, and the rule states that you must file a malpractice claim within two years of the incident that caused your injury. The clock on this two-year time limit only begins to run after you knew or should have known that the medical negligence occurred. Although two years may sound like a lot, it takes time to build a strong case. So don’t jeopardize your recovery. Contact us today.
Why You Need Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C.
Medical malpractice claims can be complicated and call for skilled, experienced medical neglect lawyers. At Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., we pride ourselves on our years of experience and offer our clients a free initial consultation. Every personal injury client receives our “Client Priority Promise” to help ensure you always feel like our #1 priority. Don’t put off acquiring the legal counsel and representation you need or the compensation you deserve. Contact Gerash Steiner Blaton, P.C., to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer today.
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