Medical outcomes are never guaranteed. Just because a treatment or surgery didn’t turn out as you had hoped, doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone made a mistake. However, if a mistake was made, it is unlikely that you will be told about it. So how do you know when you have a legitimate claim for medical negligence? Our personal injury attorneys work with medical professionals to examine your case and determine whether you have a case for medical negligence. If you are worse after medical intervention than you were before, or a loved one died during or after a medical procedure, contact our medical negligence legal team for help.
What Is Medical Negligence in Tennessee?
The Tennessee Health Care Liability Act protects patients from negligent health care providers but requires complainants to follow strict guidelines regarding how the negligence is reported. Without the guidance of an experienced medical negligence attorney, it is easy for victims to fail to comply with the requirements and lose their right to sue for damages, even in the most blatant cases of malpractice.
The medical negligence attorneys at Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers represent patients and their families when a patient suffers injury or even death due to one of the following:
- Surgical errors. When a surgeon cuts a nerve during surgery, operates on the wrong body part, or leaves a sponge or instrument inside the body, you may have a strong case for malpractice.
- Anesthesia errors. Over- or under-medicating patients in preparation for surgery are errors committed by anesthesiologists that may lead to a medical negligence claim.
- Emergency room errors. ERs are chaotic places and mistakes such as failing to treat a patient promptly or failing to diagnose a serious condition can occur.
- Birth injuries. Sometimes things go wrong during delivery, and no one is to blame. Other times, a doctor’s mistake causes oxygen deprivation, fractures, nerve damage, and brain hemorrhage, resulting in permanent disability.
- Medical misdiagnosis. If a health care provider fails to identify symptoms of a serious condition and the patient suffers because of it, he or she may be guilty of negligence.
- Delay in diagnosis. Some conditions, such as infections and cancer, require quick action to prevent poor outcomes. When a doctor fails to diagnose a serious condition early, he or she may have committed malpractice.
- Medication errors. A prescriber or pharmacist could commit medication errors, whether it is giving improper instructions, providing the wrong medication, or giving an incorrect dosage.
- Hospital injury. Many staff members in a hospital can make mistakes that harm patients, from admitting clerks to orderlies to surgeons, and the hospital may be found liable as well as the healthcare provider.
- Hospital infection. Hospitals are full of germs, and care and caution must be used to protect patients from infection. When a hospital fails to contain an infection, they may be guilty of medical negligence.
These cases are not easy to prove, but our experienced attorneys work hard to make sure our clients get the compensation they legally deserve when they are the victims of medical negligence.
Possible Damages Available in Tennessee Medical Negligence Cases
A successful medical negligence lawsuit could take many months—even several years—to resolve, but a strong case can lead to compensation for the losses you have experienced in the following areas:
- Compensatory damages. Covering out-of-pocket expenses, compensatory damages include things like medical costs and lost wages due to missed days of work.
- Non-economic damages. Designed to compensate patients for intangible losses such as pain and suffering, the amount awarded to a patient can vary greatly.
- Punitive damages. When a medical provider acts in an extraordinarily reckless or malicious manner, a judge or jury may award these damages as a punishment.
If You Have Any Doubt About Your Doctor’s Competence, Call Us
Don’t wait until it’s too late and miss important legal deadlines. Contact Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation to ensure the protection of rights for you and your family. We proudly serve the cities of Nashville, La Vergne, Smyrna, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Chattanooga, and ALL Tennessee residents.