Experiencing a medical emergency is difficult enough. No one should suffer more at the hands of an irresponsible doctor.
So what is medical malpractice? Health care providers may be liable for medical malpractice when the care they provide falls below the standard established by other health care providers in their industry. To collect on a claim for medical malpractice, you must be able to prove several facts:
What situations could be considered medical malpractice in Oklahoma?
There are many situations that give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Some common examples include, but are not limited to:
What are settlements based on?
In Oklahoma, compensation for harm caused by medical malpractice is the same as compensation for a personal injury lawsuit. You are entitled to collect for your economic damages, which include your medical expenses and lost wages. You can also collect for non-economic damages, like pain and suffering. There may be caps placed on a number of non-economic damages you can collect in a medical malpractice case in Oklahoma. Discuss this issue with your medical malpractice attorney.
In rare cases, if the conduct of the physician, or health care providers under his or her supervision, was intentional or reckless, you may also collect punitive damages.
What is the statute of limitation for medical malpractice cases?
In Oklahoma, you have two years from the date of the injury to file your medical malpractice claim. It is not always easy to determine the date. The time may not begin until the date you discover you were injured, which may be months or years after the actual event that caused the injury. It is important to consult with a medical malpractice attorney as soon as you suspect you were injured so you do not lose your opportunity to be compensated for your damages.
If you think you have experienced medical malpractice, contact the offices of Laird Hammons Laird today for your free legal consultation.