Medical Malpractice Attorneys
- Over 40 Years of Experience
- More Than $3 Billion Won for Our Clients
- Thousands of Lives Changed
We trust hospitals and medical professionals to take care of us when we are at our most vulnerable. The vast majority of patients get the treatment they need but, unfortunately, long hours, overworked staff, lack of attention to detail, and other circumstances can cause hospital errors, misdiagnoses, and other medical oversights. The consequences of these errors can be devastating, or even deadly.
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Medical negligence and malpractice cases can take many shapes and forms and require the work of a skilled attorney with expertise in both the medical and legal fields. The attorneys in the Janet, Janet & Suggs medical malpractice division have decades of experience winning cases for individuals and their families, even when other law firms wouldn’t take the case.
The leaders of our medical malpractice division include an in-house physician and are frequently called upon by trial lawyer organizations to educate other lawyers about how to most effectively represent patients and their families in medical malpractice cases. What’s more, we practice law with compassion for our clients, understanding that this is a difficult time, but it is ultimately about ensuring the best quality of life and achieving peace of mind.
Meet the Medical Malpractice Division
Howard Janet is one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ medical malpractice attorneys and has uncovered medical mistakes other lawyers have missed, recovering record-breaking results throughout much of the country. He is the author of multiple books, including Navigating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases (lead author) and Patients’ Rights and Doctors’ Wrongs – Secrets to a Safer Pregnancy and Childbirth (with Dr. Giles Manley).
Ken Suggs has long been considered one of the nation’s premier medical negligence trial lawyers, and served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as American Association for Justice), the leading national plaintiff’s bar association. He is a relentless advocate for his clients.
Dr. Giles Manley, a board-certified physician, practiced medicine for 20 years before becoming a medical malpractice attorney. The value his medical knowledge and experience brings to his clients cases is priceless.
Gerald Jowers represents patients harmed by medical malpractice, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. He has produced extraordinary results for clients and their families, both at the settlement table and in the courtroom.
Featured Verdicts and Settlements
- $190 Million from The Johns Hopkins Hospital for Medical Malpractice and Sexual Abuse: One of the largest in U.S. history for a case of this nature, Johns Hopkins' liability was founded on its failure to establish procedures and adequately oversee the care provided by its OBGYN department, leading to unnecessary and overly intrusive pelvic exams.
- $33.5 Million for Delayed C-section: A jury awarded this record-breaking verdict after finding that delays in performing an urgently needed cesarean section resulted in a baby developing severe brain damage and cerebral palsy.
- $24.25 Million for Failure to Diagnose: A record-breaking medical malpractice jury verdict in the District of Columbia, obtained for a child who suffered brain damage and cerebral palsy because her doctors failed to properly diagnose and respond to an airway obstruction.
- $10 Million for Emergency Room Negligence: A settlement obtained in a case as a result of failure to properly diagnose and treat infection.
- $100s of Millions for Misdiagnosis: Hundreds of millions of dollars obtained in verdicts and settlements in cases involving delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer or other life-threatening conditions.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Put simply, medical negligence or malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to competently perform their duties and causes an injury to a patient. Medical malpractice is a result of the breach of the duty of professional care—an act or omission by a doctor or medical professional that directly causes the harm suffered by the patient.
What Are Some Examples of Medical Malpractice?
Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States (after only heart disease and cancer), according to a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study. Other studies show that millions more are injured.
There are many types of medical negligence and malpractice cases and they can occur in a variety of settings, from a hospital to a doctor’s office to a military medical facility. Types of malpractice can include emergency room errors, surgical errors, and post-operative errors, among others. They also include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failure to treat various signs and symptoms. Birth injuries are also often a result of medical negligence or malpractice.
What Types of Cases do Medical Malpractice Lawyers Handle?
Throughout our years of practice, our medical malpractice attorneys have handled a number of cases that resulted from a variety of circumstances, such as:
- Anesthesia errors and mistakes
- Bowel resection errors
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Colonoscopy errors
- Delayed C-section
- Delayed or failed diagnosis of cancer and other conditions
- Delayed or mishandled delivery
- Emergency room negligence
- Failure to detect birth defects
- Gastric bypass errors
- Hospital negligence, errors, medical malpractice
- Medication errors and mismanagement
- Failure to recognize signs of sepsis
- Failure to recognize signs of a stroke or heart attack
- Failure to treat or delayed treatment
- Failure to perform C-section
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Failure to diagnose, treat or test for infection
- Fetal monitoring negligence
- Misdiagnosis of cancer and other conditions
- Misinterpretation of test results
- Mismanaged labor and delivery / neonatal injuries
- Negligence in fetal monitoring
- Organ transplant errors
- Sexual abuse during medical care
- Surgical errors
- Surgical site errors
- Surgical complications
- Umbilical catheter misplacement
- Birth injuries
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Bowel perforation
- Brain and nerve injuries
- Cardiac arrest, strokes, and heart attacks
- Cerebral palsy
- Heart defects
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Intracranial bleed
- Life-threatening hospital-acquired infections
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
- Nursing care-related injuries
- Paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia
- PICC line infection
- Post-operative complications
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
Which Medical Professionals Can be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?
Malpractice can be committed by any healthcare professional, including but not limited to:
- Labor and delivery nurses
- Nurse anesthetists
- Nurse midwives
Which Fields of Medicine Can be Liable for Negligence?
Medical malpractice lawsuits can apply to any medical field, from general practice to surgery to specialty areas such as:
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- Pediatric medicine
- Neonatal-perinatal medicine
- Infectious disease
How Do You Know if You Have a Case?
The most important factors to consider when determining if you have a case include:
- The presence of a severe permanent injury
- The likelihood of establishing that the claimed injuries were caused by substandard care
- How recently the injury occurred
- The life expectancy of the victim
- The cost of past medical care and, more importantly, the projected cost of future care
- The amount of past and future lost earnings
- The existence of immediate family members adversely affected by the injury to the patient
- The presence of one or more responsible healthcare providers who have sufficient liability insurance coverage or assets to pay a settlement or verdict
An important thing to remember is that an undesired medical result is not the same as medical malpractice; the doctor or institution must have made a medical error or displayed negligent behavior. You can also learn more about our process for evaluating the viability of your medical malpractice claim.
It's also important to speak to an attorney as soon as you realize an error may have been made, as the statute of limitations laws could bar you from seeking compensation once a specified time period has passed.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Medical Malpractice Case?
Generally, to prevail in a medical malpractice claim, you need to prove that a patient relationship existed with the medical professional you are suing. You must also prove that the doctor or other professional was negligent—that they failed to adhere to the professional standard of care that a reasonable medical professional would have used under the circumstances.
You will need to prove that the harm you suffered was a direct result of the doctor’s negligence. And, in addition to liability, you must prove damages—the actual costs of the harm you’ve suffered.
What Types of Damages are Common in Medical Malpractice Cases?
In many medical malpractice cases, there are both out-of-pocket, economic damages, and general damages involved. Out-of-pocket costs include medical expenses, such as the costs of testing, treatment, imaging, doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and prescription medication costs you’ve incurred as a result of the doctor’s negligence.
You may also recover for lost income if you are unable to work as a result of your injuries. Additionally, you may have general damages, including pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of activities that you can no longer do, scarring, and the overall decline in your quality of life.
You Have a Limited Window of Opportunity
Cases of medical negligence and malpractice have a statute of limitations that makes it impossible to file after a period of time has passed. If your case involves your child, you may have more time to file suit.
If you or a loved one may be the victim of medical malpractice or negligence, do not hesitate to contact us to begin fighting for the compensation you need. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so the quicker we can begin working on your case, the quicker you can get back on your feet with the compensation you deserve.
We have the knowledge and resources needed to investigate and litigate your case, helping you seek the answers and compensation you deserve. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today to learn more about how we can help you.
Doctors and Hospitals May Hide Their Mistakes
Our experienced legal team can work on your behalf to obtain and interpret the vital medical records for your case. This would be difficult for an individual, as doctors and hospitals may try to hide or underplay their mistakes. Your medical records will contain vital information about whether or not a mistake was made, but they often contain medical terms and abbreviations that may be difficult for you to interpret. Working with an experienced attorney who has expertise in both legal and medical fields can make or break your case.
Our medical malpractice team includes a board-certified doctor and other medical professionals that can offer an expert medical perspective to enhance your case. We also have a track record of winning difficult cases that other law firms won’t take on. If you suspect you may be the victim of medical malpractice, it’s important to find a medical lawyer with the experience and confidence needed to get and interpret your medical records.
Fighting for the Compensation You Need
At Janet, Janet & Suggs we understand the financial needs associated with many cases of medical malpractice. Because a case can place a burden upon our clients, we have to first identify whether the likelihood of receiving substantial compensation is realistic enough to warrant the undertaking.
We may ultimately conclude that the potential defendants acted appropriately and that no preventable medical error occurred. While disappointing to clients, this sometimes can also bring relief and closure. However, we always make clear that another law firm might come to a different conclusion.
If we determine your case is one that we can recommend pursuing, tens of millions of dollars could be at stake, depending on the circumstances of your case. Compensation can be available for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, death of a loved one, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other related costs, including home modifications and various forms of therapy.
Our team has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of victims of medical malpractice, including record-breaking verdicts in many states. We provide personalized attention and dedicated service to each and every case we represent to help ensure each client receives the maximum compensation they deserve. We will not settle for anything less. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation so we can learn more about your case. You can also learn more about what to expect when pursuing a medical malpractice claim.
Locations We Serve
At Janet, Janet & Suggs, we have a team of medical malpractice lawyers that serves clients throughout Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. We have also been granted permission to practice in many more states with court approval.
Why Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs for Your Malpractice Case?
With JJS’s decades of experience, team of knowledgeable lawyers and medical experts, and access to substantial resources, we can aggressively litigate against negligent providers and institutions. We work to get our clients the answers and fair compensation they will need to have the best quality of life possible after being seriously harmed by their medical providers. However, this history of record-breaking verdicts and settlements is only one sign of our continued successes in getting clients justice.
We have also been recognized by a variety of leading organizations including Best Lawyers®, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, AV Preeminent ratings by Martindale-Hubbell, and as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms. Many of our attorneys are also listed as Super Lawyers®.
These recognitions from leading organizations reflect our continued commitment to working toward securing our clients’ futures when they have been harmed by medical malpractice. Contact the medical malpractice team at Janet, Janet & Suggs today for a free, no-obligation consultation.