Oklahoma Surgical Infection Lawyers
Surgical errors can have a devastating impact on your health, finances, and family. If you have developed an infection after surgery, it may be due to negligence on the part of your healthcare provider. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options if you think you were a victim of medical malpractice.
Healthcare professionals, including surgeons, nurses, and hospital administration, have a duty to provide the standard of care to their patients. If they fail in this duty and you are injured as a result, you can hold them financially accountable for your injuries and expenses. You should never have to fight for your rights and compensation alone. Contact the Oklahoma surgical infection attorneys of the Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an initial no-cost consultation to discuss your case and legal options.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer for My Surgical Infection Case?
Medical malpractice is notoriously tricky to argue and prove. Demonstrating that you developed an infection after surgery is not enough to win compensation. Instead, you will have to prove that your infection arose due to negligence on the part of your healthcare provider. Specific criteria must be met to show medical negligence. Namely, you will have to show that the nurse, surgeon, or hospital failed to provide the “standard of care,” meaning that they did not provide the same care that a reasonable and competent professional would have in the same circumstances. From there, you will have to show that this failure directly caused your infection to arise, and that your infection caused you significant damages, such as hefty medical bills or serious pain.
Proving these elements requires a thorough understanding of personal injury law and medical malpractice law, as well as an ability to understand and interpret complex medical records. Trying to do this on your own, while you are suffering from an infection and recovering from surgery, can be almost impossible, especially when you are facing aggressive hospital lawyers and insurance agents. Instead, hire a lawyer, who can draw on their vast knowledge and experience and negotiate with the opposition on your behalf to ensure you get the full amount of compensation you need and deserve.
How Can the Abel Law Firm Help With My Case?
The surgical errors attorneys of the Abel Law Firm bring over 130 years of combined experience to the table. We have a deep understanding of personal injury law and Oklahoma law as it applies to surgical errors cases.
Our firm also has a strong commitment to service, treating every one of our clients and cases as unique. Several of our attorneys boast perfect “10” ratings on the legal services website Avvo, which assigns ratings based on experience, reviews, and accolades. Senior Partner Ed Abel has maintained “Super Lawyer” status each year since 2007. Attorney Abel is a native Oklahoman and has practiced law in Oklahoma City since 1966. In that time, he has obtained numerous seven-figure settlements, along with one eight-figure settlement.
The attorneys of the Abel Law Firm have the extensive knowledge and experience necessary to make your case and help you win the compensation that you need to support yourself and your family. We can hold medical professionals and insurance companies accountable when they do not fulfill their professional obligations.
Types of Cases We Handle
Establishing that a doctor or nurse’s negligence caused your infection is a complicated legal process. To prove that a health care professional was negligent, you must establish:
- A reasonable, qualified physician would not have provided the specific kind of care that your medical professional provided; and/or
- The facility’s policies and standards for cleanliness, equipment conditions, or other parts of the treatment process were unreasonably negligent and other hospitals would have provided a higher standard of care.
Beyond negligence on the part of the health care provider, you must also prove that the infection would not have happened if the hospital or health care professional not acted in this manner or followed their specific policy. In other words, you will have to prove that the negligence directly caused your infection, and that your infection would not have happened otherwise.
Some of the types of medical infections cases we have handled in the past include:
- Device-Related Infections: Infections related to devices may come from catheters, respirators, and IVs. Many other infections happen as a result of unclean materials or unsanitary conditions during the procedure.
- Surgical Infections: Improper wound care or unsanitary facility conditions can often lead to surgical site infections, which are infections that develop around the incision.
- Respiratory Infections: If certain patients are not adequately treated or quarantined, the chances of a surgical patient — particularly one whose immune system is compromised — developing this kind of infection can increase dramatically.
Proving that infection resulted from medical malpractice can be challenging, so it’s critical that you lay out all the facts when you speak with an attorney. Expert medical witnesses can be brought in to testify and give additional insight to the health-related aspects of the case. Even if an infection does not present itself until after your hospital visit, a lawyer with knowledge of medical malpractice law may be able to help you sort through the facts of the case and evaluate your legal options;
Contact the Abel Law Firm Today
When doctors and nurses cause infection through their negligent actions during or after surgery, they must be held accountable. If you or a loved one developed an infection as a result of an operation, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case and legal options.
Like most personal injury cases, those involving infection as a result of surgery carry a two-year statute of limitations in Oklahoma. It is in your best interest to contact a lawyer to discuss your options as soon as possible so that you do not miss this deadline. Please contact the Oklahoma surgical error lawyers of the Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046 or online to schedule a no-fee consultation with an experienced lawyer. We’ll bring our knowledge and experience to the table to get you the compensation you deserve.