Charlotte, NC Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Legal help for victims of medical and surgical negligence throughout North Carolina
Nobody should ever have to worry about suffering injury or even losing their life due to the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional. Yet, preventable medical errors harm tens of thousands of Americans every year. Because of the nature of these types of cases, medical malpractice cases are complicated and challenging. With careers on the line, the opposition is willing to put up a vigorous fight.
However, so are we. The Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates have the experience, the knowledge, and the skill needed to overcome these challenges and get results for our clients. Dedication is one of the most important aspects of our service. When you turn to us, you can be confident that we strive to obtain fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and all other costs associated with injuries caused by malpractice. We do not take a fee unless we recover compensation.
What would you like to know?
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when “a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. The negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or health management.” To rise to the level of malpractice, a medical error must meet the following criteria:
- Your physician violated a standard of care. While under your doctor’s care, that physician failed to uphold the same standard of care that other reasonable medical professionals would under similar circumstances.
- That violation caused you injury. Your physician’s negligence or failure to provide a reasonable standard of care resulted in you suffering an injury.
- Your injury caused damages. You must also show that your injury caused significant losses, like pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages.
Our Charlotte attorneys work to build a strong case on your or your loved one’s behalf.
What are some examples of medical malpractice?
Medical News Today states “there are between 15,000 and 19,000 medical malpractice suits against doctors every year.” Medical negligence and malpractice can happen in a wide variety of ways. Some of the most common include:
- Delayed diagnosis/misdiagnosis, which occurs when a doctor either fails to diagnose a patient with a condition or disease in a timely manner or diagnoses the wrong one altogether. Either way, a patient can miss out on the proper treatment, or suffer ill effects from the wrong treatment.
- Surgical errors, which can include failure to accurately inform a patient of the risks of surgery, leaving surgical instruments in the body, use of incorrect equipment, operating on the wrong body part, and poor post-operative care leading to blood clots, breathing problems, brain damage, or life-threatening infections.
- Birth injuries, which are injuries caused by medical negligence during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Birth injuries can occur when an obstetrician or other professional fails to properly monitor mother and child for distress, uses excessive force during delivery, or does not provide proper prenatal care.
- Prescription errors, which often happen in hospital and pharmacy settings. Patients suffer medication injuries when medical professionals make errors with dosages, drug names, or when medications become mixed up. Patients can suffer severe allergic reactions or overdose.
- Anesthesia errors, which can cause some of the most severe injuries, including permanent brain injury or death. This type of malpractice typically happens during surgery because of an anesthesiologist’s error and resulting failure to monitor a patient’s vital signs.
The team at Price, Petho & Associates will investigate the circumstances of your claim to determine exactly what happened, and who should be held responsible.
What is the cost of a Charlotte medical malpractice case?
Our attorneys understand the staggering cost of a catastrophic injury caused by medical malpractice. No two injuries are exactly alike, so the total amount of medical expenses you may incur depends on your specific circumstances. Following is a list of the types of medical expenses our clients regularly incur from severe injuries:
- Hospital bills. Hospital bills can be outrageously expensive. While these expenses are necessary to ensure the well-being of a patient, they can also easily add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even a few simple tests in the emergency room to rule out a significant injury could mean a victim incurring more than $10,000 in hospital bills.
- Surgical expenses. Many injuries require that a victim undergo surgery to repair damage and make a full recovery. Surgical expenses are often tremendous, and include payments for the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and various other specialists involved in the procedure.
- Follow-up doctor visits. Most personal injury victims must continue receiving medical care to reach maximum medical improvement. These follow-up visits are crucial when it comes to securing full compensation from insurance carriers or at-fault parties.
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation. Injury victims are often required to undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation to make a full recovery. This type of medical care can include inpatient care or in-home care, both of which come with expensive price tags.
- Prescription medications. Prescription medications are not cheap, particularly for those not subsidized by insurance. Anyone may need prescription drugs in the aftermath of sustaining an injury, whether it be pain medication, steroidal assistance for inflammation, or another type of medication. These costs can easily reach thousands of dollars.
- Medical devices. Injury victims regularly need assistance from medical devices. This can include devices that are used to aid in mobility, including wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches, all of which come with varying price tags. Medical devices could also include a hospital bed for your home to be used while you are recovering. For severe injuries, a patient may need to have an internal medical device installed, including joint replacements, cardiovascular support systems, or other devices.
- Prosthetics. If a patient sustains an amputation injury, he or she may be fitted with a prosthetic. Prosthetics are expensive, and injury victims deserve to have this cost covered for them.
The malpractice attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates work to ensure you secure full compensation for your medical expenses.
How long do I have to file a Charlotte medical malpractice claim?
There are various statutes of limitation involved in medical malpractice cases, and this can become confusing. The medical malpractice statute of limitations in North Carolina is three years from the date the error or injury occurred. However, if you lost a loved one to medical malpractice, the North Carolina statute of limitations to bring a wrongful death action is two years.
Regardless, if you or a loved one suffered harm due to the negligent actions of a medical professional, it’s crucial to speak to a skilled Charlotte medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney will help you navigate any deadlines in place for your case.
How can a medical malpractice attorney help with my case?
In cases of medical malpractice, the use of experts is critical. Even before we can move forward with a lawsuit, an expert must verify that there has been a mistake, or an error was made by a healthcare professional. From there, we continue to work with our medical experts to see that all matters are properly analyzed, including going to trial to help prove a case.
Our Charlotte attorneys are honored to represent patients and families whose loved ones died or suffered an injury due to negligent medical care. We have a team of medical malpractice lawyers who prioritize the recovery of the compensation you deserve. Since 1979, we’ve been handling injury and wrongful death cases resulting from medical negligence. Our track record of significant recoveries includes a $4.775 million recovery for a young woman who suffered brain damage and coma and a $975,000 recovery for the family of a patient who died, both from anesthesia toxicity.
Is there a medical malpractice attorney near me?
You can find Price, Petho & Associates at 1420 Elizabeth Ave in Charlotte. We also maintain offices in Rockingham and Rutherfordton for your convenience. If you are too injured to come to us, we make home and hospital visits as well.
Compassionate Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys
For three decades, the attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates have stood up for the rights of malpractice victims in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional, we have the resources and the experience to help. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team, call 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form today. Serving Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and South Carolina.