Boise Medical Malpractice Lawyer
When you seek medical attention, whether for routine check-up, or emergency assistance, you have the fair expectation that you will receive proper medical care. Indeed, under Idaho law, medical professionals, including doctors, surgeons, dentists, physicians assistants, nurses and administrators, have a legal duty to provide you with quality treatment. Yet sadly, far too often Idaho medical professionals fail to live up to this obligation.
Poor quality medical care is a major problem in Boise, Idaho and throughout the United States. According to data compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, ‘medical error’ is the third leading cause of death in our country. Shockingly, only heart failure and cancer lead to more fatalities every year. Beyond the estimated 250,000 Americans who die due to medical mistakes, many more suffer very serious injuries.
All medical malpractice victims deserve full and fair compensation for their damages. Unfortunately, many victims struggle to actually obtain the financial recovery they deserve. The big insurance companies that represent hospitals and medical providers do everything they can to limit victims’ settlement offers, even sometimes denying valid malpractice claims outright. If you or a loved one suffered damages due to medical malpractice or medical negligence in Idaho, you need to contact an experienced Boise medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
What is Medical Malpractice?
It is unquestioned that all patients have a legal right to receive quality medical treatment. As such, medical providers have a corresponding legal duty to look out for the safety of their patients, and to provide medical care that meets industry standards. If a medical professional falls short of the ‘standard of care’, then they are guilty of negligence. When negligence causes harm to a patient, it then becomes medical malpractice.
Of course, in the real world, actually proving medical malpractice can be quite complicated. In order to establish medical malpractice under Idaho law, your attorney will need to be able to prove each of the following four required legal elements:
- A valid doctor-patient relationship existed;
- The doctor (or other medical professional) breached their duty of care;
- Causation exists between the medical professional’s breach and the patient’s injuries; and
- The patient suffered real, compensable harm.
The Standard of Care: Explained
Understanding the required ‘standard of care’ is the key to any Idaho medical malpractice lawsuit. For your claim to be successful, your attorney will need to know how to establish the standard of care and how to properly apply it to the specific facts of your case. Indeed, most medical malpractice lawsuits turn on one of the following two questions:
What was the standard of care?
On this question, it is instructive to think of the ‘standard of care’ under its alternative name: ‘the ordinary standard of care’. Ultimately, medical professionals have a duty to provide care that is at least as good as any ordinary medical professional would have provided, under reasonably similar overall circumstances. Clearly, this means that the ‘standard of care’ that you were owed can vary dramatically depending on the specific facts of your claim. This is why it is so important to get an attorney involved in your case as quickly as possible.
- Did the medical professional actually deviate from that standard?
In regards to this second question, you will only be able to prove deviation from the industry standard of care if you have strong evidence that supports your claim. In medical malpractice cases, relevant evidence can come in a variety of different forms. Certainly, your attorney will need to use legal tools, such as subpoena power, to seek documents and records from the medical provider. Additionally, often the most important form of evidence is corroborating testimony from a medical expert. At Hansen Injury Law, our team has developed a network of trusted experts we can employ to review the facts of your case. If medical negligence was present, and it contributed to your injuries, our team has the skills and experience required to making a compelling legal claim on your behalf.
Common Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can come in many different forms. Indeed, there is not one overriding ‘textbook’ example of what medical malpractice looks like, and every case is unique. Our Boise, ID attorneys have seen medical negligence cases that vary dramatically in both kind and the level of severity. We understand how important it is to put your case in the proper context.
The bottom line: If you believe, for any reason, that you have received substandard care from a medical professional or any Boise medical provider, you need to contact a qualified attorney immediately. Your attorney needs to review the specific facts of your case in order to determine whether or not you have a valid claim. Do not assume that you have no rights or options. Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex. For perspective, some examples of cases that our team has handled include:
- Anesthesia errors;
- Mistakes in surgery or in the emergency room;
- Failure to properly sterilize hospital conditions or medical equipment;
- Mistakes involving prescription medication; and
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis and failure to diagnose.
Medical Malpractice Victims Deserve Fair Compensation
As medical malpractice can cause substantial damages, it is imperative that victims work with an experienced Boise medical negligence lawyer who can help them recover the full compensation that they deserve. Under Idaho law, victims are entitled to compensation that is equivalent to the value of their damages; however, compensation can only be recovered to the extent that damages can be adequately proven. Our firm may be able to help you seek financial relief for:
- All medical bills and related expenses;
- Long-term disability;
- Permanent physical damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress; and
- Wrongful death.
Contact Our Boise Office Today
At Hansen Injury Law, we have extensive experience handling Idaho medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, we can help you seek the full and fair compensation you rightfully deserve. To request your free, no-obligation case evaluation, please call our Boise office today at (208) 505-9456, or reach out to us directly through our website.
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Hansen Injury Law Firm
6126 W State St #200
Boise, ID 83703
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