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The laws are favorable when it comes to giving Minnesotans the opportunity to seek justice for catastrophic injuries resulting from medical malpractice. If you think you or a loved one have a claim, it is important to know your rights and have an experienced medical malpractice attorney on your side.
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The path toward a medical malpractice lawsuit begins when someone who is responsible for providing medical care fails at their duty. Doctors are not miracle workers, but what happens when they make mistakes or decisions that harm their patients? Victims of medical malpractice should understand what it entails to seek recovery for damages.
What Is Medical Malpractice in Minneapolis, MN?
Medical malpractice is when a hospital, doctor, or other healthcare worker causes injury to a patient through negligence. This means that when a medical professional does not live up to the reasonable standard of care that all patients should be able to rely on, patients have the right to file a lawsuit. Medical malpractice lawsuits make it possible for patients to recover damages for the harm inflicted on them by poor medical care.
How Can Someone Know Whether They Have a Case for Malpractice?
While a doctor’s negligence or carelessness may not be immediately obvious to patients, there are many kinds of medical errors that can result in malpractice lawsuits in Minneapolis.
- Disregarding patient’s history
- Ignoring need for further testing
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Failing to recognize important symptoms
- Failing to diagnose illness in a reasonable time
- Failure to detect or properly treat cancer
- Performing unnecessary surgeries, such as amputations
- Making negligent surgical errors, like wrong-site surgery
- Failing to provide follow-up or aftercare to patients
- Discharging patient prematurely from inpatient care
- Failing to obtain informed consent from patients
- Making medication or anesthesia errors
- Causing birth injuries before, during, or after delivery
- Abusing patients sexually or physically
Patients should understand what to look for when it comes to malpractice cases so that they know whether they might want to pursue legal action.
- Continued or worsening symptoms. If the symptoms have been reported to the doctor, yet the patient continues to experience the same symptoms—or even gets worse —it may be worth looking into whether the doctor is providing appropriate care.
- Poor communication regarding the care or diagnosis. Doctors are responsible for explaining the risks of any treatment or medications and seeking informed consent from a patient before taking any action except in certain emergency situations.
- Sudden referral to a specialist or another doctor. Competent care includes knowing when to seek the input of a specialist for the good of patients. Suddenly or unexpectedly referring a patient out without much explanation may be a sign that the doctor realized too late they missed something with the care. (Although not referring a patient to a specialist at all can also be malpractice.)
- Explicit acknowledgment of fault or an apology. It’s a red flag when someone apologizes directly to a patient or their loved one for the medical actions or outcome, or even a colleague’s actions. Trust your instincts, and contact a lawyer if you think a mistake might have been made.
In malpractice cases, the burden of proof lies with the patient, but that does not mean patients have to prove it alone. When you have your suspicions that the care that you or a family member received was questionable, educating yourself about some common signs of malpractice is the first step. One way to do that is to speak with an attorney who understands medical malpractice in Minneapolis.
What Do Attorneys Look for in a Malpractice Case?
When you consult with an attorney and explain your situation, expect to be asked some questions about what happened. You should answer as best you can, but you do not have to have all the answers. What you are able to tell the lawyer you speak to will help them determine whether the case you have meets the minimum requirements for medical malpractice under the law.
- Duty of care. This simply means that the medical professional in question was responsible for your care, either because they were the staff on shift or because you sought them out.
- Violation of the standard of care. Doctors are expected to be able to uphold the same reasonable standard of care under any circumstances, and violating that standard—even unintentionally—may be malpractice.
- Injury resulting from the violation. Although it may seem obvious, in order to have a malpractice claim, the doctor’s negligence must have caused injury to the patient.
- Damages resulting from the injury. As a result of the injury, patients must have suffered damages, which will form the basis of the claim.
In the event that you have a claim, your attorney will consider which damages to include in the suit and the amount of compensation to seek. In Minnesota, there is no cap on the amount of damages a victim of malpractice can sue for, which means that attorneys will want to pay special attention to making sure patients document every expense associated with the damages they have incurred.
- Past, present, and future doctor and hospital bills
- Care costs for ongoing therapies and medications
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Cost of making your home accessible in the event of disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the injury
- Lost earning capacity as a result of the injury
Attorneys will also need to determine if your case falls within the statute of limitations, which is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. In Minnesota, the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice suit is, in most cases against nonpublic institutions, four years. This is among the longest in the country, but it comes with risk. The more time that passes, the harder it might be to prove your case. Witnesses move or forget details, or records get lost.
For this reason, consulting with an attorney as soon as you learn of, or even suspect, a problem with your care is important in protecting your rights and making sure you have a strong case if you decide to file a malpractice suit.
What Should People Look for When Considering a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Minneapolis, MN?
When deciding which medical malpractice law firm you wish to represent you, you will likely consider the knowledge, resources, and relationship they will bring to the table.
- Medical and legal experience. Malpractice attorneys need to understand the facts and evidence they discover in patients’ medical records, through witness interviews, and from laboratory results.
- Medical care costs knowledge. Lawyers who represent clients who have been injured by medical practitioners must understand the current and future financial costs associated with different types of injuries in order to prepare a case that seeks to recover the appropriate amount in compensation.
- Attentive representation. Attorneys need to be willing to connect personally with every client they decide to represent. Medical malpractice suits for serious injuries can take a long time to resolve, and it is important to know that you and your case truly matter to your legal team.
- Resources to keep on fighting. Taking on big insurance companies and healthcare organizations to prove malpractice can be expensive as well as long-lasting. Law firms without their own financial resources to fight every step of the way toward a fair resolution may try to convince you to settle for unfairly low compensation in early stages of your lawsuit.
How Can Janet, Janet & Suggs Help?
The team at Janet, Janet & Suggs knows what the law in Minnesota requires when it comes to proving a medical malpractice case. If you do have a valid claim, the team at JJS can work to help you recover financial compensation for the damages inflicted on you.
- Medical expenses. Injured patients simply should not be responsible for their medical bills that occurred as a result of malpractice. That includes emergency room visits, inpatient treatment and care, surgeries, and outpatient care, as well as your likely future expenses to help you recover or live with the injuries inflicted on you.
- Lost wages and earnings. When malpractice affects your ability to do your job, whether temporarily or permanently, you can seek compensation for those lost wages. You can also request compensation for wages you reasonably would have been able to earn in the future if you had not been injured by malpractice.
- Non-economic losses. Some losses are difficult to measure—and even harder to calculate. Still, the law allows injured patients the right to seek compensation for their pain and suffering, and an experienced medical malpractice lawyer knows how to maximize fair compensation for these kinds of damages.
Meet the Leaders of Janet, Janet & Suggs’ Medical Malpractice Division
Howard Janet has uncovered medical mistakes other lawyers missed and recovered record-breaking results for clients throughout much of the country. His knowledge and experience have also driven him to author 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, which he co-authored with Dr. Giles Manley.
Ken Suggs has been a relentless advocate for his clients for over 40 years as well as having 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.
Dr. Giles Manley, a board-certified physician, practiced medicine for 20 years before turning to a career as a medical malpractice attorney. He has won a number of seven-figure verdicts on behalf of his clients, but the value his medical knowledge and experience brings to cases is priceless.
Gerald Jowers represents injured patients who have been harmed by pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and medical malpractice. He has produced extraordinary compensation results for clients and their families both at the settlement table and in the courtroom.
Locations We Serve
Janet, Janet & Suggs is proud to offer representation for families across the country, including in Minnesota, Maryland, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC. We have also been granted permission to represent clients on a case-by-case basis in courtrooms across other states.
Why Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs for Your Minneapolis Malpractice Case?
Minneapolis courtrooms are no stranger to JJS, a nationally recognized malpractice law firm. We understand that medical malpractice means patients experience immense physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Our proven track record of record-breaking verdicts and settlements is just one sign of our willingness to fight all the way for our clients.
JJS has the knowledge and resources a law firm needs to investigate and litigate your case, with the goal of helping you get straight answers and fair compensation. We do not charge any upfront costs to represent your case, meaning you will not pay us anything unless we obtain compensation for you in a fair settlement or a favorable jury verdict. Contact the medical malpractice lawyers at JJS today for a free, no-obligation meeting.
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