Should I Hire a Mobile, AL Medical Malpractice Attorney?
Our lawyers can handle your claim, file a lawsuit or take other legal action
We trust doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals to treat serious illnesses and a wide range of medical conditions. That's because they undergo years of specialized schooling and training - to learn how to identify and provide the right care in a timely, professional manner.
Unfortunately, medical professionals sometimes make mistakes. And when they do, the consequences can often be serious or sometimes even fatal. That's why medical malpractice cases demand strong legal action.
In Alabama, injured patients and their families routinely rely on the services of our Mobile medical malpractice attorneys at Braswell Murphy, LLC. We know how the legal system works. We know what evidence to look for, what questions to ask, and how to transform that information into a strong legal case.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is the result of a medical professional's failure to meet standards of care, resulting in a serious injury, illness, or death. Sometimes, it's because of something a medical professional did, such as perform the wrong operation. Other times, it's because of something a medical professional didn't do, such as failing to diagnose a fatal illness like cancer. Either way, the consequences can be serious.
Whatever type of medical issue you're dealing with, no matter how complicated or straightforward your case might seem, we want to help you if you suspect medical malpractice.
How do you prove medical malpractice?
When medical malpractice occurs, you often need evidence of wrongdoing in order to build a strong legal case. Proof of medical malpractice can cover a wide range, including:
- Medical records, particularly if there’s evidence of a misdiagnosis, surgery errors, or other mistakes made by a doctor, surgeon or another medical professional. (A common example includes a record of a cancer misdiagnosis by a doctor.)
- Another doctor’s second opinion, especially if they examine you and determine your injury, illness, or infection was caused by a medical professional’s mistake.
- Hospital records, particularly if the medical facility has been reprimanded for similar mistakes, health code violations, or unsanitary conditions in the past. (A common example includes a sepsis infection due to unsanitary hospital conditions, which were first reported in a health code violation issued to the hospital.)
- Expert analysis of your medical records, which can often be arranged by the lawyer investigating your claim.
- Eyewitness testimony, especially if someone saw the doctor, nurse, or another medical professional make a mistake or behave in a negligent or reckless manner. (A common example includes someone witnessing a surgeon operating on a patient while under the influence of alcohol.)
Evidence builds successful legal cases. The more facts you have in support of your medical malpractice claim, the stronger your case.
Can I sue for my injury or illness?
In many cases, you have the right to file a lawsuit or take other legal action against the medical professional, the hospital they work for, or anyone else responsible for your serious injury or illness.
It’s important to realize that you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action in most cases. In Alabama, the deadline (known as the statute of limitations) to file a medical malpractice lawsuit is two years from the date of your injury or illness.
Two years might seem like a long time, but the longer you wait, the harder it often becomes to find the facts you need to build a strong case. Physical evidence of your injury or illness (scars, bruises, broken bones, or evidence of infection) might not exist after a few weeks or months. Witnesses who saw what happened might forget important details or can no longer be located by investigators. Security camera video footage or other electronic data may have been destroyed. Take immediate legal action. Talk to a lawyer and learn more about your legal rights.
How much is my case worth?
There’s no set dollar amount when it comes to a medical malpractice case. In general, many medical malpractice cases are worth a lot of money because a serious injury or illness is involved. In such cases, medical expenses can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars or much more, especially in cases involving a birth injury or a permanent disability.
It is important for injury victims and their families to realize that they can generally only receive financial compensation one time for all their expenses, now and in the future. That’s why your settlement claim or verdict should take into account all of your current and anticipated bills and expenses. This includes:
- Your medical bills so far, including emergency medical care, surgical procedures, hospital fees, medications, and doctor’s bills.
- Your anticipated future medical expenses, including follow-up surgical procedures, physical therapy, pain medications, and future doctor’s appointments.
- Replacement income if you cannot work during your recovery.
- Lost future income if you cannot work due to a permanent disability.
- Home modifications if you or a family member has a permanent disability due to your injury or illness.
- Pain and suffering, in certain circumstances.
- Punitive damages in certain circumstances, especially if the doctor or another medical professional behaved in a particularly reckless or negligent manner.
The stakes are high when it comes to medical malpractice cases. Hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and their attorneys know this. That’s why they often do everything they can to reduce or deny compensation for victims. Level the playing field. Talk to a lawyer who knows how to investigate complicated legal cases and who can demand the money you rightfully deserve.
The experience you need
Medical malpractice cases come down to evidence. Without the facts, building a strong legal case can often be nearly impossible. That's why it's important for injury victims or their families to contact us as soon as possible.
With us on your side, we can launch an in-depth investigation into your potential medical malpractice case. We review medical records, hospital inspection reports and examine whether your injury or illness was part of a pattern of similar cases at the same medical facility. We also often consult with experts.
Medical malpractice cases are serious. So is our approach. You can learn more about how we handle such claims and more about your potential case on our medical malpractice FAQ page. Remember, you didn't do anything wrong. You shouldn't have to pay for someone else's mistakes. Contact our law firm to schedule your free case evaluation today.
Doctors undergo years of training in order to learn how to diagnose and treat serious illnesses and other medical conditions in a timely and effective manner. That’s why our society puts so much trust in physicians to make people better.
Doctors aren’t perfect. They make mistakes. When they do, the consequences can often be serious or sometimes even fatal. When mistakes are made, it’s often due to medical malpractice. In these cases, injury victims and their families have rights.
If you or a loved one is a victim of doctor malpractice in Alabama, our attorneys want to work with you. We know how to hold doctors who harmed you or a family member responsible for their actions.
Nurses perform a valuable service in our society. They treat and care for hospital patients dealing with serious illnesses and various other medical conditions. That’s why they undergo years of training to learn how to properly care for people when they need them most.
Mistakes made by nurses can have devastating consequences. You or a loved one can develop serious health problems due to the actions – or inaction – of nurses. Or an existing medical condition can get worse due to not being properly treated by a nurse.
Mistakes commonly involve medical malpractice. Knowing what to do in such situations can be confusing. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible about your legal options. At Braswell Murphy, LLC in Mobile, AL, our experienced nursing malpractice attorneys can develop a legal strategy that suits your specific needs.
Parents trust pediatricians to care for their children. From the time a child is born often until they are teenagers (or sometimes older), parents rely on pediatricians to guide them through the unique health issues and crises that arise with babies and children.
That’s why mistakes made by pediatricians can often be so serious – and so heartbreaking. Such cases often involve medical malpractice. In an instant, your child can suffer a serious illness or experience life-threatening injuries due to mistakes made by pediatricians and other medical providers who care for children.
What can you do? What are your legal options? Talk to a pediatric malpractice attorney at Braswell Murphy, LLC in Mobile, AL. We can answer your questions, explain all your legal options and discuss which strategy makes the most sense to you.