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Delaware Medical Negligence Lawyers With Years of Helping Victims

When you are being treated for an injury or illness, the last thing you want to question is the quality and safety of your medical treatment. However, harm resulting from medical care remains far too common.

A 2018 study published by John Hopkins found that medical mistakes were the third leading cause of death in the United States. They found that 250,000 people die yearly because of medical mistakes. This makes it the third leading cause of death behind cancer and heart disease.

Based upon medical record reviews, researchers determined that 63 percent of medical errors were preventable and that there was little evidence that the rate of medical harm had decreased since a 1999 study by the Institute of Medicine. The full Journal article, “Temporal Trends in Rates of Patient Harm Resulting from Medical Care,” is available here.

What To Look For When Hiring Medical Negligence Lawyers

Following an injury caused by a negligent medical professional, dealing with legal matters can be overwhelming. Choosing the right medical malpractice lawyer is crucial for achieving a successful outcome.

Here are essential factors to consider when making such a critical decision:

  • Experience in medical malpractice: Medical negligence cases are complex, requiring specialized knowledge and experience beyond general personal injury law. Look for a lawyer with a deep background in medical malpractice. Their experience should encompass various forms of malpractice and an understanding of the “standard of care” expected from different health care professionals.
  • Willingness to communicate: An attorney with outstanding legal expertise may not be the best fit if communication feels strained or unreliable. Choose someone who listens to your concerns, explains legal matters clearly and ensures you remain informed.
  • Track record and results: An attorney’s track record showcases their ability to secure favorable settlements or verdicts that reflect the severity of each case. A history of adapting strategies and effectively utilizing resources demonstrates competency in managing unexpected challenges and maximizing a claim’s potential.
  • Fee structure transparency: Medical malpractice cases are often lengthy and complex. Talk over the fee structure in advance to avoid surprises. Often, medical malpractice lawyers take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you need not pay unless you win. The percentage they take should be clearly outlined in a written agreement.
  • Demonstrable trustworthiness: Choosing a medical malpractice lawyer is deeply personal. Trust your intuition. During a consultation, you should feel heard and respected. Look for demonstrable signs of trustworthiness as well by reading client reviews and verifying their good standing with the bar association.

By considering these factors and unique ones relevant to your circumstances, you can find a malpractice attorney with the expertise and compassion to fight for your rights. You deserve nothing less than maximum financial compensation and justice after a negligent health care professional harms you. The right medical malpractice attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.

Representing Victims of Medical Negligence

The attorneys of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, have handled a variety of medical malpractice cases. A few examples include:

  • Failure to Warn: Obtained a settlement award for a woman who was not told about the risks of a certain heart medication.
  • Post-Surgical Paralysis: Achieved a jury verdict against a neurosurgeon for a patient who suffered partial paralysis following neck surgery.
  • Death in Childbirth: Secured a settlement award for surviving family members of a physician who bled to death following childbirth.

Recovering from a Medical Negligent Injury

If you or a loved one has experienced a medical error, you should consult with an attorney. A matter involving medical negligence needs to be filed in Delaware courts within two years after the date of the injury. For more questions on your injury related to a surgical mistake, please contact us for a FREE consultation at 302-298-0370.