The medical malpractice lawyer of The Law Offices of Blaine J. Barrilleaux has been assisting injury victims in Metairie, Lafayette, and the surrounding counties and areas for nearly 20 years. Our attorneys handle a variety of complex medical malpractice claims to help victims and their families recover compensation when doctors and health care providers are negligent or make tragic mistakes.
If you or a family member is the victim of medical malpractice, contact our office to schedule a free case review with an experienced Lafayette medical malpractice lawyer.
You are Owed a Duty of Care
When you seek treatment from a medical or health care provider, the provider owes you a duty of care to provide treatment that meets or exceeds the industry’s standard of care. When a doctor breaches his duty of care, the results can negatively impact your life forever. Not every tragic or unpleasant outcome is the result of medical malpractice, medical errors and mistakes committed by a health care professional. However, even the slightest possibility of malpractice should be investigated.
A Metairie medical malpractice lawyer investigates the circumstances surrounding your injury to determine if the care you received was not in accordance with the generally accepted standards of medical care. If the health care professional or the health care facility failed to meet the standard and the failure resulted in injury or death, the responsible party or parties must be held accountable.
Medical malpractice claims benefit all patients because it forces doctors and other medical providers to recognize their duty to their patients. Medical malpractice lawsuits can help reduce the number of claims by discouraging health care professionals from taking shortcuts or providing substandard care.
Examples of health care professionals that could be held liable for medical malpractice include:
- General practice physicians
- Emergency room personnel
- Surgical assistants
- Nursing home staff
Our medical malpractice lawyer investigates your claim to determine the person or persons who acted negligently in causing your injury. We work diligently to obtain the evidence needed to prove you are entitled to compensation for your damages, injuries, and losses.
Types of Medical Malpractice
There are many types of medical malpractice. When a physician or other health care provider does not adhere to the acceptable standard of care followed by other providers in similar circumstances, the injuries that result may constitute medical malpractice. Examples of common events that give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit include:
- Failing to perform diagnostic tests
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Surgical mistakes and errors
- Errors with anesthesia
- Childbirth injuries, including mistakes made before, during, and after the birth blood transfusion mistakes
- Medication errors, including prescribing or providing the wrong medication or incorrect dosage
- Failing to obtain informed consent before a procedure or treatment
- Failure to follow-up after treatment
The scenarios listed above are not the only circumstances that can precipitate a malpractice claim. Many other scenarios can indicate that malpractice occurred and caused your injury. The laws governing medical malpractice are complex. You need a medical malpractice lawyer who understands the elements for proving malpractice and has the resources and skills necessary to go up against the medical provider and his insurance company. Contact our office now for a free case evaluation with an attorney.
What Should You Do If You Suspect Medical Malpractice?
If you believe that your injury was the result of malpractice, you need to take certain steps to protect your legal rights. Immediately request copies of all medical records from all providers. Waiting to request medical records may result in lost, destroyed, or altered records. Even if you are not sure your injury was the result of malpractice, it is best to secure your records now.
While you are waiting for the copies of your records, write down everything you can remember about the medical procedure. Be as detailed as possible when you recall conversations and meetings with medical providers. Continue to take notes as you go through the process, including notes about your injury, recovery, pain level, and limitations. It can also help to document your recovery with photographs, if applicable.
Schedule an appointment with our office as quickly as possible. Our medical malpractice lawyer will explain the process of investigating and filing a claim, including other steps you should take (i.e. seeking another medical opinion, etc.).
Call Now for Your Free Appointment with a Louisiana Medical Malpractice Lawyer
The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux is a personal injury law firm in Louisiana with offices in both Lafayette and Metairie. Our law firm welcomes a wide range of personal injury cases including auto accidents, truck accidents, workers compensation and wrongful death. To schedule a consultation with one of our practicing attorneys, please give us a call at 337-989-1212 or complete our inquiry contact form.