Doctors and other medical professionals are given a high degree of trust in our society. We implicitly trust the advice and treatment of physicians, pharmacists, anesthesiologists and other medical specialties to help and heal us when we are ill or injured. When a medical professional makes a preventable medical error, the consequences could be a catastrophic injury a death for the patient.
At Mezrano Law Firm, we understand the pain and frustration that can come as a result of an injury caused by medical negligence. With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, we have helped many clients like you obtain justice in the form of fair compensation for your injuries while holding those responsible for your injuries accountable for their mistakes.
To discuss your medical negligence injury, you may schedule a free consultation which places you under no obligation to work with us. You never pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.
Being fallible humans, physicians and other medical professionals make mistakes. Medical professionals owe a duty of care to their patients to follow the accepted standard of care for their specialty. When a physician makes a mistake, for it to rise to the level of malpractice, there are several elements which must be satisfied:
Under Alabama law, the plaintiff must be able to prove to the jury, "by substantial evidence," that the medical professional failed to follow the accepted standard of care for their specialty. The plaintiff must hire a medical expert with similar experience, skill and expertise as the defendant doctor to show how their actions caused the plaintiff's injuries.
The legal time limit for taking legal action is called the statute of limitations, which in Alabama is two years from the date of injury for medical negligence claims. There is also the discovery rule, which is an exception to the two-year deadline in cases where the injured person could not have reasonably discovered the injury within two years and allows a person to file within six months of discovering the injury.
For children who suffered a medical negligence injury who were under four years old at the time the medical negligence occurred, they have until their 18th birthday to file a medical malpractice claim.
Alabama also has a statute of repose for medical negligence cases, which creates a legal deadline of four years after which an injured person may not file a claim regardless of when they discovered the injury.
No. The Alabama statute that governs medical negligence, the Alabama Medical Liability Act (Code of Alabama 6-5-551) requires a medical malpractice complaint to include:
The following are examples of different ways physicians and other medical professionals have made preventable medical errors and cause serious injury or death patients:
A medical malpractice lawyer is your legal advocate as you move through the civil justice system that was designed for lawyers to represent clients. Your lawyer 's job is to guide you through the process of filing a medical negligence claim. They will investigate the incident, hire a medical expert witness with similar training, experience and qualifications as the medical professional that you are alleging caused your injury. It is your attorney's job to prepare an argument that convinces a jury that the defendant's negligence caused your injury and that you should recover compensation.
Medical malpractice cases are complicated. They can hang on the expert witnesses' testimony, and they require a lot of resources to be invested before the case is brought to trial. If you are suffering from an injury caused by medical negligence, your time might be better spent resting and recuperating while your medical malpractice lawyer takes on the legal challenge on your behalf.
In some cases, we must help our clients set realistic expectations about what they might expect to recover from their medical negligence claim despite the massive verdicts that make headlines. Regardless of how much a plaintiff might recover, it is impossible to know what that number will be at the start of a case. One of the major factors in determining the value of a medical malpractice case is the severity of the injury, the nature of the medical mistake, medical costs, lost wages and other issues all play a part. Additionally, if the case is going to trial, no one can predict how much a jury might award someone who has been injured because of the negligence of a medical professional.
What we can promise every client is that we always do our best to recover as much compensation as we can. We understand the hardships that can arise when someone is injured and can’t work, and the medical bills are piling up, and the injury is affecting the person’s quality of life. We fight aggressively on behalf of every client for all the compensation they deserve.
At Mezrano Law Firm, like many other injury firms, we accept medical negligence cases on contingency. What this means is that you pay us a percentage of the total settlement or verdict amount after we win the case for you. With this type of arrangement, you enjoy the benefit of being represented by an experienced medical malpractice attorney without being required to pay them first.
Medical malpractice cases are complex, and they require a significant investment of resources, which your attorney advances on your behalf. This creates an incentive for our Mobile medical negligence lawyers to work diligently to recover as much compensation as possible for you.
Dealing with life after a serious injury caused by medical negligence can be challenging. At Mezrano Law Firm, we are here to pursue justice for you in the form of fair compensation. Schedule a free consultation with a Mobile medical malpractice attorney by calling 205-206-6300 or filling out our contact form today.
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