Provo Medical Malpractice Lawyer
All of us rely on doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other specialists to provide us and our loved ones with quality care. Unfortunately, statistics show that medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States. If you or one of your family members suffered an injury or developed an illness or infection after visiting a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office in Provo, and you suspect that your injury was caused by a doctor’s error, you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, and could be entitled to compensation. To discuss your claim with an experienced Provo malpractice attorney in a free and confidential consultation, contact the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143.
Can I Sue My Doctor or Hospital for Medical Malpractice?
“Do I have a medical malpractice case?” is a very common question among people who have experienced complications or poor outcomes following surgery or other procedures. The answer is that you may have a cause of action, or grounds for bringing a malpractice claim, if you sustained an injury or developed an illness due to a healthcare professional’s negligence. While negligence is a complex legal concept comprised of several distinct elements, it can be succinctly described as careless, improper conduct that results in otherwise preventable injuries, wrongful death, or other harm.
In order to determine whether you have a malpractice case, it is necessary to discuss the details of what took place, and the harm you suffered as a result, with an experienced malpractice lawyer in Provo. However, speaking generally, actions that could constitute medical negligence include the following:
- Delayed diagnosis of cancer or other illnesses.
- Failure to diagnose cancer or other diseases.
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist.
- Failure to order lab tests.
- Failure to properly calibrate, sterilize, or otherwise prepare or clean medical devices, surgical equipment, the operating table, or other areas or tools.
- Forgetting equipment inside of a patient’s body, such as a sponge or piece of gauze.
- Interpreting lab tests incorrectly.
- Losing or mixing up patient documents or tissue samples, resulting in harmful delays in diagnosis and/or treatment.
- Making medication errors.
- Misdiagnosing a patient with the wrong condition.
- Mismanagement of diabetes and infections resulting in amputation.
- Performing surgery on the wrong limb, organ, or area of the body.
In some cases, the underlying cause of an act of malpractice is sheer carelessness. In others, the doctor intentionally acts with malice, such as deliberately abusing a patient who is under sedation. In other cases still, factors like fatigue, inexperience, and/or lack of proper supervision are to blame. Regardless of the factors that contributed to your injuries or illness, Overson Law will work tirelessly, digging through the smallest fragments of evidence, to conduct a comprehensive investigation and build a compelling case on your behalf.
What is My Malpractice Settlement or Lawsuit Worth?
Because every incidence of malpractice involves a different set of factors, every victim’s claim or case is ultimately worth a different amount. Therefore, it is difficult to provide an answer to this question without discussing the details of what occurred and how you were harmed as a result.
That being said, there are some basic standards which affect malpractice cases in Provo, as well as other communities within Utah. For example, state law sets a $450,000 limit on non-economic or “general” damages, meaning compensation for pain and suffering, in medical malpractice lawsuits.
However, there are also some exceptions. For instance, the $450,000 Utah malpractice cap does not apply to:
- Non-economic damages in cases where the malpractice resulted in the victim’s wrongful death. In 2015, the Utah Supreme Court ruled that limiting non-economic damages in wrongful death malpractice cases was unconstitutional.
- Economic (“special”) damages, meaning compensation for expenses and financial losses, including anticipated future losses and expenses. Examples of economic damages include medical bills, loss of income, and, if the injury or illness is of a disabling nature, diminished future earning capacity.
Provo Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Negligence Victims
Medical malpractice cases are highly complex, and demand meticulous care and attention to detail in order for the plaintiff or claimant to prevail and recover compensation. When you are represented by malpractice attorney Darwin Overson, you can feel confident that your case is being handled by a skilled, highly knowledgeable personal injury attorney who brings more than three decades of legal experience to every client he represents.
We are selective about the cases we accept, allowing us to devote our firm’s resources to a deep and thorough investigation into your case, including interviews with medical specialists. We understand the devastation that malpractice causes for the victim and their loved ones, which is why we will do everything in our power to see that the careless doctor is held accountable, and that you obtain the compensation you deserve.
As a personal injury attorney serving all of Utah, Darwin Overson handles malpractice claims throughout Provo, including Dixon, Edgemont, Franklin South, Joaquin, Lake View South, Provost South, Riverside, Timp, and Wyview. To talk about your claim in a free, completely confidential legal consultation with Darwin, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 today.