Manchester Medical Malpractice Attorney
When you think of medical malpractice, stories of egregious mistakes by treating doctors likely come to mind. This could include such things as the leaving of medical instruments inside a patient. In fact, according to AARP, a new report finds that more than 250,000 deaths each year can be attributed to deadly medical mistakes, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind only cancer and heart disease. AARP has also published an article entitled “12 Medical Mistakes That Can Harm You” that provides more in-depth information on this critically important subject.
If you believe you or a loved one have been injured by the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional, you need to speak with the experienced and knowledgeable Manchester medical malpractice attorney at the Law Office of Manning Zimmerman & Oliveira PLLC.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice refers to negligent treatment by a medical professional, whether that person be a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, etc. This negligent treatment can manifest itself in a number of ways, including misdiagnosis, improper treatment, incorrect prescribing of medication, etc. Your doctor may be deemed negligent if she delays treatment unnecessarily. A pharmacist can be found negligent for accidentally dispensing the wrong medication.
Medical malpractice suits are much like other personal injury claims. In essence, the NH Medical Malpractice Lawyers at the Law Office of Manning Zimmerman & Oliveira PLLC must establish the following:
- A duty of care existed
- This duty was violated through an act of negligence
- The patient suffered an injury as a result of this negligence
Rarely is duty of care refuted in a medical malpractice case. This is because the doctor or nurse becomes duty-bound the moment she accepts you for treatment. The issue of negligence is argued against at times, but most often a defendant’s lawyer will question whether a clear and necessary causal link exists between the said negligence and injuries suffered by the patient.
Do Any State Laws Affect the Filing of Medical Malpractice Claims?
Absolutely. The NH medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Office of Manning Zimmerman & Oliveira PLLC understand that the State of New Hampshire applies certain constraints on such claims. Perhaps the most important one for you to keep in mind is the statute of limitations for filing. In essence, you must file within three years from the time the malpractice occurred. Failure to do so will result in the loss of opportunity to file.
An exception does exist to this deadline rule, however. Referred to as the discovery rule, an individual who does not initially know he is the victim of malpractice has three years to file once he discovers this is the case.
Another key state law affecting medical malpractice claims relates to compensation limits. While some other states have passed legislation which significantly limits how much an injury victim can be awarded, no such limitation exists in New Hampshire.
Work With Manchester Medical Malpractice Attorneys if You Have a Claim
If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a medical professional, contact our Manchester medical malpractice attorneys who are experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to fighting for the rights of their clients. Call the Law Office of Manning Zimmerman & Oliveira PLLC at 603-624-7200 today to arrange for a free initial consultation.