Oklahoma Medical Negligence Lawyers
If you have been affected by the poor choices of someone working in the medical field in Oklahoma, the attorneys at Abel Law Firm are here to help you get the justice you deserve. We place a great deal of trust in medical professionals, especially when they are prescribing medications or performing surgical procedures. Many patients do not even feel comfortable asking too many questions or disagreeing with healthcare professionals. While this trust is often well earned, egregious errors do occur even within the medical community. You may be entitled to receive compensation for additional injury or illness you suffer as a result of medical malpractice. The personal injury lawyers at Abel Law Firm are prepared to discuss the details of your case and offer a comforting and guiding hand through the legal process.
Since 1976, the personal injury attorneys at Abel Law Firm have represented thousands of people in Oklahoma City and all over the state of Oklahoma. Over the last 46 years, we have successfully garnered a national reputation for our substantial settlements verdicts and our experience in the most complex areas of personal injury law, including medical malpractice. The attorneys at our firm have been named to Super Lawyers, are rated AV – the highest rating by the Martindale peer review system, are listed as National Trial Lawyers, and upholds an AVVO rating of 10.
For more than 76 years, Abel Law Firm has been a fixture in the Oklahoma City community. We view the people we represent as more than just clients; they’re our friends and community members. We will work diligently to protect the rights of Oklahoma City residents who have suffered from medical malpractice. If you’re looking for legal guidance for your injury or medical negligence claim contact an attorney at Abel Law Firm, and we will provide you with compassionate and competent legal representation during this difficult time. Abel Law Firm is committed to protecting patients’ rights by holding careless medical professionals responsible for the damage they cause. If your life has been affected by the poor decisions of a doctor, hospital worker, or pharmaceutical company, you are not to blame. The Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys of the Abel Law Firm can work closely with you to pursue a case against the parties responsible for your injuries. Contact us for a consultation at (405) 239-7046, fill out our email form, or click on the grey banner to the left of your screen to chat live with a representative.
Do I need a medical negligence lawyer?
We always recommend that those who have suffered as a result of medical negligence seek legal representation. If you are a victim of medical malpractice you are most likely considering tough questions such as, how am I going to recover? How am I going to pay the medical bills that are mounting every day? Will I be able to trust a doctor ever again?
As a patient, you expect a certain standard of care from your doctor, the nurses, and the hospital complex itself. If you are hurt due to the negligent actions of a medical professional, you may be owed compensation for your experience. An attorney will work to help you secure fair compensation for your lost wages, hospital fees, medical bills and pain and suffering. We do not advise that people try to navigate the legal system by themselves as they are significantly less likely to receive the fair and full financial compensation they deserve.
The process of filing a medical malpractice claim, making an appeal, and venturing through the litigation process is a daunting task. Let experienced attorneys fill out paperwork, facilitate phone calls with insurance companies and handle negotiations. Let us put our experience to work for you, while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Why choose Abel Law Firm to handle my case?
If you need a lawyer in Oklahoma City, you have many firms to choose from. The fact is that not all attorneys deliver the same exceptional results time and again. Choosing the right lawyer will determine the outcome of your case and may have an impact on the final amount that you recover. These are some of the factors that set Abel Law Firm apart from the rest:
Experience – Abel Law Firm was founded in Oklahoma City in 1976; few firms in the area can claim that kind of longevity and experience. Collectively, our attorneys have over 130 years of combined experience. Each of our partners and associates has years of experience in several different practice areas of the law and are prepared to put forth their unmatched efforts in achieving a favorable verdict for your case.
Track record – Ultimately, you want a lawyer who can get results. Our attorneys have a record of success handling complex personal injury cases and obtaining maximum compensation for our clients. Some substantial settlements and verdicts awarded for our clients are $1,400,000.00 and $1,250,000.00 for medical malpractice and $950,000.000 for emergency room medical malpractice.
Client satisfaction – It’s important to us that our clients receive compassion and sympathy from all members of our legal staff while recovering from medical malpractice. We work diligently to make sure our clients feel there is an open line of communication and understand during this difficult time. Read what our past clients have to say in their testimonials about their experience with our firm.
Our award-winning team – The attorneys at Abel Law Firm have earned a national reputation for their work on behalf of those who have suffered injuries and illnesses. Our attorneys have been rated by Super Lawyers, Senior Partner Ed Abel is rated AV – the highest rating by the Martindale peer review system and was the past president of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, several are listed in National Trial Lawyers, T. Luke Abel upholds an AVVO rating of 10, they’re members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and are members of the American Association for Justice.
If you’re looking for legal guidance for your injury or medical negligence claim contact an attorney at Abel Law Firm, as we can provide you with thorough and effective legal representation during this difficult time. The Abel Law Firm is committed to protecting patients’ rights by holding careless medical professionals responsible for the damage they cause. If your life has been affected by the poor decisions of a doctor, hospital worker, or pharmaceutical company, you are not to blame. The Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys of the Abel Law Firm can work closely with you to pursue a case against the parties responsible for your injuries
Defining Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is committed whenever a doctor or other medical worker fails to meet the professional standards of his or her field. The question to be answered in a medical malpractice lawsuit is, “Would a reasonable person with the defendant’s plaintiff’s job title make the same choices he or she did in the same circumstances?”
For example, consider a doctor who prescribes a standard treatment for a problem, such as aspirin for a headache. If the aspirin does not happen to work for you, the doctor may not be to blame, as he or she was behaving reasonably. It is not necessarily malpractice when treatment simply does not work as well as you and your doctor hoped.
On the other hand, consider a doctor who prescribes a nonstandard treatment, even though a standard treatment was available. For example, instead of aspirin, the doctor gives you an experimental drug that has not been tested on patients with headaches. If this new drug harms you, you may be able to win compensation for your injuries from the doctor who prescribed it.
This kind of medical error is called improper treatment. Other common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors – Reasonable care must be taken when performing surgery on patients. Errors can include incorrect operations, removal of the wrong organs or tissues, infection due to a medical workers’ mistake and more.
- Misdiagnosis – Hospitals and doctors are held in high esteem for their knowledge and expertise on the human body. When a patient’s condition is being assessed, reason and care must be exercised when working to diagnose their symptoms. Medical negligence in the form of misdiagnosis can include, failure to check patient history, to recognize obvious signs of illness, or to order sufficient, scans, bloodwork, and tests.
- Infections spread through hospitals – Despite the sanitation efforts of hospitals, bacteria are naturally prevalent in spaces occupied by those who are ill or injured. Tuberculosis or TB, Mycobacterium abscessus, and norovirus are the most prominent types of infections found in hospitals.
- Medication errors – Prescribing the correct type and dose of drugs and pharmaceuticals is a critical role of medical practitioners. Medical malpractice in the form of medication errors can include prescribing the wrong medication, prescribing a medication a patient is allergic to and failing to review the patient’s medical history when prescribing medication.
Our team of Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys believes there is simply no excuse for such harmful and preventable mistakes. We will work hard to ensure that your claim for medical malpractice is reviewed thoroughly.
Medical Negligence FAQs
Can you file a medical malpractice lawsuit against someone other than a doctor?
Yes, a medical malpractice suit can be filed against someone other than a doctor. In fact, any health care professional can be sued for medical malpractice. You may be able to bring a malpractice lawsuit against a nurse, doctor, anesthesiologist, or an entire hospital. Some professions that are not as frequently tried for malpractice, but may also be found guilty of negligence, including dentists, physical therapists, and pharmacists. In cases where a pharmaceutical company fails to warn physicians of the potential risks and side effects, which results in injury to patients, the pharmaceutical company may be found liable. If you believe you have a medical malpractice case on your hands but are unsure of who is responsible, be sure to consult a lawyer.
How do I know if I’ve been the victim of medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice refers to any situation in which a medical professional acts in a way that does not meet the expected standards of someone in their position and causes physical harm to a patient as a result. To show that malpractice occurred, you must be able to prove three things. The first is that a doctor-patient relationship existed. Next, it must be provable that the medical professional was negligent; doctor negligence may include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, medication errors, and much more. Lastly, it must be proven that your doctor’s negligence caused you an injury that led to specific damages, like physical pain, mental anguish, or lost earning capacity. If you believe all three of these aspects apply to your situation, it is likely that medical malpractice has occurred.
What type of compensation might I be owed for my medical malpractice case?
Recoverable damages in medical malpractice suits in most states include, at a minimum, compensation for the cost of the procedure in which the malpractice occurred, the cost of any needed follow-up or future doctor visits, recovery for pain and suffering, and compensation for lost wages or future earning capacity. In some extreme cases, a plaintiff may be able to recover punitive damages if the doctor was aware they were acting in a harmful manner. Of course, this amount is going to be different from patient to patient, so get in contact with an attorney for a more accurate estimate.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
In an article published by Johns Hopkins University, “safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the US.” In a study that analyzed medical death rates from 2000 – 2008, it was found that medical errors accounted for 251,454 deaths, which is 9.5% of all deaths in a given year in the U.S. This figure places medical errors as the third cause of death in between cancer and respiratory disease.
The National Practitioner Date Bank reported that there were 109,672 medical malpractice payment reports in the U.S. for physicians this year. There were 3,869 medical malpractice payment reports for registered nurses, 750 reports for pharmacists, and 16,337 reports for dentists.
The Civil Rights Justice Group reported in an article that there are between 25,000 to 120,000 deaths caused by medical malpractice every year. However, the ratio of injuries and deaths caused by medical malpractice compared to what is reflected in patient records is 4:1. The CJRG concludes “this means the number of deaths and injuries is probably about four times that reflected in the numbers above.” Only 2.9% of medical malpractice victims file their claims.
The personal injury lawyers at Abel Law Firm have proudly served the people of Oklahoma City for the majority of their lives. We are experienced in recovering significant verdicts and settlements for our clients and are prepared to do the same for you. Our staff knows first-hand how difficult and taxing it can be for those affected by a medical malpractice to go through the legal process. The Abel Law Firm is committed to protecting patients’ rights by holding careless medical professionals responsible for the damage they cause.
If you’re looking for legal guidance for your injury or medical negligence claim contact an attorney at Abel Law Firm, as we can provide you with thorough and effective legal representation during this difficult time. The Abel Law Firm is committed to protecting patients’ rights by holding careless medical professionals responsible for the damage they cause. If your life has been affected by the poor decisions of a doctor, hospital worker, or pharmaceutical company, you are not to blame. Contact us for a consultation at (405) 239-7046, fill out our email form, or chat live with a representative and let us help you get the justice you deserve.