Do I Have a Case?
Think you have a case? Contact Maine medical malpractice attorneys with 40 years of experience defending the rights of injury victims in Portland, Auburn, Bangor and Lewiston.
Pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit can be a complicated and stressful event for victims and their families. It can be such a daunting idea that many people don’t even take the time to talk to a lawyer because they just assume they don’t have viable case. This is the number one concern our personal injury attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing hear: How do I know if I have a good case?
Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Maine
Our medical malpractice lawyers are commonly asked things like:
- I wasn’t hurt that badly but I still can’t work, does that count as a case?
- Is my problem big enough for you to consider helping me with?
- How much money can I win?
Like many people, you may wonder if you have a medical malpractice lawsuit if your doctor makes a mistake while treating you. No matter how big the injury was, the key factors in proving a medical malpractice case involve showing or proving the same things:
- A doctor or another medical professional made a mistake, and
- You were harmed by that mistake
A malpractice case is a highly complicated legal matter because it’s not always fast or easy to prove these two things. The personal injury attorneys attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing are so successful at winning medical malpractice cases because we know how to employ the best expert witnesses and find the evidence to prove your case.
Liability & compensation in medical malpractice cases
Let us give you an example of when both of the above scenarios occur in a failure to diagnose case, which ultimately leads to a medical malpractice outcome:
One of the primary services we depend on doctors to perform is the timely and accurate diagnosis of medical conditions such as cancer and other illnesses. Proper diagnosis is a crucial step in maximizing the patient’s chances of a swift and full recovery, and failure to recognize a dangerous condition increases the likelihood that it will spread throughout the body and progress to the point of being deadly.
If another doctor examining the same symptoms could reasonably be expected to have properly diagnosed the condition, a personal injury attorney from our firm may be able to help you and your family recover financial compensation for your losses.
Compensation for losses in Maine medical malpractice lawsuits may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced future earning power
- Pain and suffering
There are countless areas of medical malpractice that the Portland, ME-based personal injury lawyers at Hardy, Wolf & Downing are familiar with. Some of these are, but not limited to:
- Birth Injuries
- Failure to Diagnose
- Medication Malpractice
- Hospital and Nursing Home Malpractice
- Surgical Malpractice
- Emergency Room Malpractice
- Pediatric Malpractice
- Failure to Diagnose Cancer
- Brain Surgery Malpractice
- Bariatric Surgical Malpractice
- Pharmaceutical Malpractice
- Physical Therapy Malpractice
Let our Maine personal injury lawyers fight for you
Perhaps the greatest mistake that can be made by a victim of medical malpractice is to assume that the medical caregiver took every possible precaution to prevent causing the injury. With the great trust we place in doctors, it does not occur to many patients to question whether their illnesses or injuries could have been prevented.
Whether you have personally been harmed by a doctor’s mistakes or if your family has suffered the tragic loss of a loved one, contact the Maine medical malpractice attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing today at 1-800-INJURED for a free consultation.
- National Academy for State Health Policy, Medical Malpractice and Medical Error Disclosure: Balancing Facts and Fears, http://www.nashp.org/publication/medical-malpractice-and-medical-error-disclosure-balancing-facts-and-fears
- Duke Law, Juries and Medical Malpractice Claims: Empirical Facts Versus Myths, http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/faculty_scholarship/2308/