If you were the victim of medical malpractice, you should consult a medical malpractice lawyer as quickly as possible. Call Rasmussen & Miner now.
We put our trust into medical professionals and expect them to take care of our health conditions, injuries, and ailments. Every licensed medical professional has a duty to provide a certain standard of care, and when they fail to do so, it may be considered medical malpractice. In these situation, you may have the right to recover monetary damages for your losses.
For over 25 years, the medical malpractice lawyers from Rasmussen & Miner have been dedicated to helping victims who were injured because of the careless actions of medical professionals. Having recovered millions in damages through settlements and verdicts, we understand what needs to be done to get you justice. Our lawyers are ready to be your advocate and voice. We’ll offer you support and honest advice pertaining to your situation. Finally, we’ll work hard to see that those who caused you immaculate, and unnecessary pain, are held accountable. Please call us today to discuss your medical malpractice case.
What is Medical Malpractice in Utah
Medical malpractice occurs when any medical professional such as a doctor, nurse, midwife, technician, etc., or organization like a hospital, causes harm to a patient through a negligent act.
For example, let’s say you are having your appendix removed, and the doctor hits a vain, but fails to treat it. Following the surgery,you feel unwell because of internal bleeding. Because of the doctor’s failure to treat his or her error, you may have a medical malpractice case. Other examples include:
- Misreading or ignoring test results
- Surgery errors
- Medication errors
- Failure to treat
- Premature discharge
- Poor aftercare
- Disregarding a patient’s history
- + More
Medical Malpractice Laws
To file a claim for medical malpractice, you and your lawyer will need to meet the following conditions:
There was a violation of standard of care: Medical professional must meet certain medical standards. When they are not met, and an injury results, it may be considered a violation with the right to pursue legal compensation.
Negligence or carelessness was the cause of injury: If a lawyer can prove that the standard of care was not met, he or she will also have to prove that negligence was the cause. Furthermore, that the patient would not have been injured had the medical professional not engaged in negligent actions.
The injury was significant and caused losses: It is crucial to show that the injury caused significant damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
Some states limit medical malpractice claims. This means you cannot collect more than the capped amount. For instance, in Tennessee there is an $800,000 cap on any malpractice claim regardless of the extent of injury. A lawyer can explain whether or not there is a cap on your medical malpractice case.
In Utah you must file your claim within a period of two years from the date of injury or discovery. If a death resulted from the malpractice, this deadline may be less. The sooner you consult a medical malpractice lawyer, the better.