The doctor-patient relationship is based entirely on trust. When you need care, you turn to people with credentials that you respect. You trust that your family doctor, your surgeon, your nurse practitioner, and your physical therapist are all skilled professionals and have your best interests at heart. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical professional, you may be uncertain where to turn for help.
Unfortunately, neither the doctor nor the hospital is likely to admit that you have been harmed by your treatment. You will need to talk with a knowledgeable Harrisonburg medical malpractice attorney. Our attorneys at Kendall Law Firm can review the details of your medical treatment and evaluate whether you were harmed by substandard medical care. We can explore your legal options free of charge. If our experienced Harrisonburg injury lawyer believes that you have a medical malpractice case, we will offer to represent you on a contingency fee basis.
Under Virginia state law, you have the right to seek compensation for the economic and non-economic damages that you sustained as a result of medical negligence. Seeking answers to questions about whether you were a victim of medical malpractice starts with a phone call to Kendall Law Firm.
All good medical providers strive to provide attentive care to their patients, but they don’t always succeed. Not every mistake a doctor makes is malpractice, however.
Medical malpractice is a legal term for mistakes made by medical practitioners as a result of negligent care that cause injury to a patient. To prove malpractice, your attorney will need to prove that your doctor failed to follow the recognized standard of care, and that failure caused harm to you. Did your doctor fail to deliver the treatment or order the appropriate diagnostic tests that a reasonably prudent physician would provide in similar circumstances? If so, you may have been a victim of malpractice.
There are many kinds of medical malpractice. If you’re unsure whether your injury reflects mistakes, you should contact a Harrisonburg medical malpractice attorney. Our attorney can discuss the details of your case, gather your medical records and determine whether your injury meets Virginia’s requirements to begin a claim.
If your loved one passed away as a result of medical mistake, Kendall Law Firm can initiate a wrongful death claim on your behalf if legal action is in order. If you think you may have been injured by a negligent doctor, Kendall Law Firm can evaluate your case during a free, confidential consultation.
The first and most important step you should take if you think you’ve been hurt by a medical professional is to keep a record of what happened. Write down the details of your treatment and how you were injured in as much detail as possible. Make notes of how the injury is affecting your daily life and activities.
Both your statement and the medical records from the hospital or treatment facility will be important evidence in any malpractice lawsuit. Our attorney can request copies of your medical records. We can have independent medical experts review the records to evaluate them and offer an opinion about whether the health care provider who treated you violated the standard of care.
You have only a limited amount of time to pursue a medical malpractice case in Virginia. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is an official deadline. After the deadline passes, you may lose the right to seek compensation for your injuries.
In most situations, you have two years from the date of the injury to begin your medical malpractice case in Virginia. More time may be allowed to file a claim in certain circumstances. For example, if your surgeon left a foreign object inside your body or if intentional misrepresentation prevented discovery, the statute of limitations is one year from the date that the foreign object or injury was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. In cases involving failure to diagnose a malignant tumor, the time permitted to file an injury claim is extended a year from the date that the patient received the correct diagnosis.
At Kendall Law Firm, our qualified Virginia medical negligence lawyer will evaluate the details of your case and ensure that you don’t miss your deadline.
In the state of Virginia, you may be entitled to certain damages if you are the victim of medical malpractice. State law limits the total amount of compensation you can receive as a result of malpractice. It’s a bit complicated because the totals increase based on the date of your injury. Here are the total damages you might receive, depending on the date of the malpractice:
Those totals are maximums that cover the economic and non-economic damages associated with the malpractice you experienced.
When you contact Kendall Law Firm, we’ll gather all of bills and medical records related to your malpractice injury. We’ll total the money that you have spent and the future expenses you expect to incur as a result of your injury, as well as the income you lost from missing work. We’ll fight on your behalf for the full, fair compensation you need.
Many factors go into choosing the best medical malpractice lawyer. Harrisonburg personal injury attorney David Kendall has more than 30 years of experience and has helped thousands of people recover from serious injuries. He is a compassionate attorney who cares about his clients. Kendall Law Firm is dedicated to serving our community with the same professionalism with which we served our country. Our lawyer is a native Virginian who served in the Marine Corps.
Our dedication to service inspired us to practice law that benefits injured people who help. We don’t represent big companies or insurance agencies. We believe that everyone should have real representation, not just people with deep pockets. We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means that we are only paid on the successful completion of your case. Contact us today. We’ll start with a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at any time at (866) 574-2704.