What You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice Cases

As patients in Minnesota, we put great trust in our medical professionals, and with good reason. Our healthcare system is one of the finest in the country and holds providers to the highest possible standards to ensure we get the best care. Unfortunately, despite these high standards, medical malpractice occurs daily in our hospitals and other care settings. And when this happens, patients pay the price physically, financially, and, in the most heartbreaking cases, with their very lives. The bottom line is that medical malpractice is negligence, and victims deserve compensation for their losses. If you’ve been injured because of substandard or unethical medical care, let the Minneapolis medical malpractice lawyers at Kuhlman Law help.

How Common is Medical Malpractice?

While you may believe that malpractice is relatively uncommon in a country as medically advanced as the United States, consider the following: medical errors cause nearly 251,000 fatalities each year, making them the third most common cause of death in the United States after cancer and heart disease. 

When a healthcare provider fails to practice in accordance with established care in the testing, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of a patient, it can result in complications, serious complications, and fatalities. If you or a family member has been harmed by a medical provider, it’s critical to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney so you can understand your legal rights and options.

What Are the Most Common Forms of Medical Malpractice in Minneapolis?

No matter how good our healthcare is here in Minnesota, errors and medical negligence still happen daily. Some of the most common of these include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Birth injuries
  • Failure to consider the patient’s medical history
  • Failure to treat
  • Lack of informed consent
  • Failure to order appropriate testing
  • Failure to recognize symptoms
  • Failure to make a specialist referral
  • Misreading or ignoring lab reports
  • Performing unnecessary surgeries
  • Performing the wrong surgery
  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Prescribing the wrong medications or dosages
  • Premature discharge
  • Failure to perform follow-up care
  • Wrongful death

As a patient, you should expect ethical and qualified care up to the standard of care of that provider’s particular field. When this doesn’t happen, you have the legal right to pursue a medical malpractice case against that provider to seek compensation for your losses. 

What Can You Be Compensated For if You’ve Suffered Negligence Malpractice in Minneapolis?

A successful medical malpractice case can compensate you for both economic and non-economic damages. These can include:

  • Your medical expenses, such as hospitalization, surgery, diagnostic tests, medications, doctor visits, rehabilitation, specialized medical equipment, and follow-up care
  • Future potential medical care costs you may need as a result of your injuries
  • Your lost wages
  • Loss of your future earning capacity if your injuries resulted in a disability
  • The emotional distress and pain and suffering you’ve endured because of your negligent care.

Unfortunately, pursuing a medical malpractice claim can be highly complex. Not only must you prove negligence, which is challenging in itself, but Minnesota has also imposed additional criteria before a lawsuit can proceed to weed out “frivolous” malpractice suits. 

If you’ve been harmed by the substandard or negligent care of a healthcare provider in Minneapolis, you will need expert legal guidance. At Kuhlman Law, our experienced Minneapolis medical malpractice lawyers have dedicated our practice to victims of medical negligence and their families, helping them get the help they need when they need it most. Contact us at (503) 479-3646 to schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us through our website contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation to discuss your options. You only pay attorney fees when we’ve secured compensation on your behalf.



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