What is doctor malpractice?
All doctors have a responsibility to provide care and treatment for their patients according to the standard that is recognized by the profession. Care below that standard, because of a failure on the part of the physician or because of the choice of improper treatment for a condition, is considered negligence.
Surgical errors and complications resulting from them can be both debilitating and traumatic. Doctors who fail to take appropriate precautions to prevent infections, aneurysms, blood clots, or anesthesia complications can be held liable for injuries that occur as a result.
Prepared with expert medical witnesses and authorities in the health care industry, we establish negligence, uncovering evidence and exposing facts for the jury and court to consider.
Victims of medical malpractice often feel conflicted when bringing a lawsuit against their doctor. Physicians are respected, educated professionals responsible for healing and treating patients - how then, can one turn around and drag them into court? As experienced medical malpractice lawyers, we understand what patients go through emotionally and psychologically. But we also believe negligent doctors put everyone at risk and must be held accountable for their actions - no one is above the law.
If you believe that your doctor was negligent, you may have the basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What makes the doctor malpractice case unique?
Unique to medical malpractice claims, by Colorado law you must have your matter reviewed by a medical care provider prior to the filing of a complaint. This medical expert must have experience in the same area of care as the negligent doctor, and must state that there is a good-faith basis for the claim. Attention to the type of hospital where the negligent care was provided is needed early in the process. If the hospital is a private hospital, whether a community hospital or a for-profit one, the lawsuit is filed against any of the responsible parties as with any corporation.
However, many of our Colorado hospitals are municipal or state facilities, such as the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and these require special procedures to preserve your rights. Suits against government-operated hospitals and their employees are governed by the Colorado Government Immunity Act and must satisfy the requirements set out in that statute, including statutory notice given to the hospital within 180 days of the negligent care. These lawsuits are best handled by counsel experienced with a CGIA claim.
What to expect from a doctor malpractice lawsuit
Though personal matters become public in any personal injury lawsuit, it is particularly true for medical malpractice victims – you will be forced to share the most intimate details of your daily life with strangers, many of whom are openly hostile. Choose a lawyer with whom you are comfortable and who is experienced in protecting medical malpractice victims from further harassment. In some cases, it may be difficult to determine if your injuries resulted from nursing malpractice, doctor error, a surgical mistake or negligence by another medical provider. Since we are skilled investigators, our firm can help discover whether your injuries are the result of nursing malpractice or doctor negligence.
As with any medical malpractice case, you should seek compensation for economic losses and non-economic losses as legitimate elements of the damages for which you look to the negligent physician for compensation. For more detail on damages allowed and time limits applied, visit Medical Malpractice.
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We understand that each doctor malpractice injury is as unique as each client. Our ability to give the highest level of personal attention to each client is essential to our success. We make it a point to answer all the questions of our clients, and we address each concern in a professional and compassionate manner. Speak with an experienced doctor malpractice lawyer at our office today, call 303 861-1042.
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