Bloomington Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you have been injured by a doctor or other medical professional, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. At TSR Injury Law, our Bloomington medical malpractice attorneys have experience handling these types of claims, including a $140,000 recovery for a woman that experienced liver damage after a surgical error. This result was obtained by Rich Ruohonen, a partner at our firm who has been consistently selected to the Super Lawyers list every year since 2003.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss your claim during a free, no obligation consultation. We can determine what legal options may be available to you and are available 24/7 to take your call or chat online. There are no upfront costs or fees and we only get paid for our services if we successfully obtain compensation on your behalf.
Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation at (612) TSR-TIME.
Do I Have a Case?
If you or a loved one have been injured due to medical malpractice, you may be wondering if you are eligible to obtain compensation for the damages you have suffered. Each case is different and it is difficult to determine without knowing the specific details that were involved in your incident.
To help find answers to those questions, we recommend consulting with an experienced Bloomington medical malpractice attorney at TSR Injury Law, today. During your free consultation, we can obtain a better understanding of your specific situation and discuss the legal options that may be available to you.
Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim
Medical malpractice typically occurs when a physician or health care provider fails to provide a patient with the appropriate level of care that is necessary to treat his or her condition. If this failure results in the patient suffering further injury or death, he or she can be held liable for negligence.
Medical professionals who may be held liable for medical malpractice include:
- Medical specialists
- Medical technicians and aides
- Oral surgeons
- Other specialists
In order to have a valid medical malpractice claim, certain elements of negligence must be proven:
A Doctor-Patient Relationship Existed
The first element that you and your lawyer must prove is that a doctor-patient relationship existed. The health care provider agreed to treat and diagnose you and you accepted his or her care. Once that relationship is established, the doctor owes you a duty of care that fits within the acceptable medical standards, by acting as another reasonable doctor would under similar circumstances.
Doctor Acted Negligently
The next element you and your lawyer must establish is that your doctor acted unreasonably, carelessly or was negligent while diagnosing or treating you. If the medical professional provided treatment that differs from the accepted standard of care, then he or she breached their duty of care. A doctor cannot be held liable for negligence because you were not satisfied with your treatment.
Doctor’s Negligence Caused Your Injury
This element establishes you were injured because of your doctor’s negligence. It must be proven that your injury was the direct result of medical malpractice and not due to a pre-existing condition. To help establish this, your lawyer will use your medical records, medical tests, or use medical expert testimony to show that had the doctor not been careless, you would not have been harmed.
You Suffered Damages Due to Your Injury
The last element to prove negligence in a medical malpractice claim is proving the injury caused you to suffer specific damages. These damages could include medical bills, loss of wages as well as physical pain and mental anguish.
It is not easy to prove these elements on your own. We encourage that you discuss your claim with a licensed Bloomington medical malpractice attorney. If you have a case, our legal team is prepared to conduct a detailed investigation and collect the evidence needed to prove liability and negligence.
Learn about your legal options by calling (612) TSR-TIME.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
It is important that you take legal action as soon as possible because there are certain time restrictions set by the statute of limitations. In Minnesota [Sec. 541.076], most medical malpractice claims must generally be filed within four years from the date of the incident. Claims that are filed after the four-year deadline may be dismissed by the court, barring you from recovering damages.
However, as each case is unique, there may be exceptions to this rule that apply to your situation. The deadline may be extended if your injuries were not apparent or visible at the time of the incident. The clock may not start running until the date that you knew or should have reasonably known of your injury, instead of the date the medical malpractice happened.
If you have any questions or concerns about the legal process, it is generally a wise decision that you reach out to one of our Bloomington medical malpractice lawyers for advice.
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What Compensation May Be Available for My Case?
After suffering from medical malpractice, you may have incurred significant expenses to correct or try to recover from your injury. If you have a case, you may be eligible to recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Past, current and future medical bills
- Doctor’s appointments
- Prescription medications
- Cost of corrective surgery
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
In Minnesota, there are no caps or limits on the amount of damages you can receive in medical malpractice cases. The amount of damages available will depend on the particulars of your case.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
There are many situations that can lead to medical negligence. Our legal team at TSR Injury Law is prepared to take cases involving various types of medical malpractice. Some of the most common include:
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
When a doctor or health care provider diagnoses a patient with the wrong condition or delays a diagnosis, it could lead to devasting consequences resulting in serious injury or death. A misdiagnosis may occur from the following situations:
- Neglecting to observe the patient’s medical history
- Failing to understand a patient’s symptoms
- Initiating the wrong medical test
- Misinterpreting results from medical tests
Medical malpractice can also occur after a patient has been operated on. These patients are required to be closely monitored by medical staff after receiving an operation. Failure to properly monitor a patient may lead to illnesses and adverse health conditions, including:
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
If surgeons or assistive medical staff do not take proper care of patients during surgery, it can significantly impact their quality of life. Surgical errors could include:
- Using unsanitary surgical equipment
- Performing surgery on the wrong part of the body
- Leaving a tool, such as sponge, inside the patient’s body
Medication errors may include the wrong dosage, errors in product labeling or packaging, and misgiven instructions. These errors can be avoided with appropriate care and training. Failure to do so may lead to serious injuries or death.
Improperly administering anesthesia can be lethal to a patient’s health and could include:
- Injecting a patient with a variety of drugs that may have a negative reaction
- Failing to monitor a patient under anesthesia
- Administering the wrong dosage amount
- Failing to respond to changes in a patient’s vital signs
Medical malpractice cases can be complex to handle on your own. This is why we recommend seeking the help of a Bloomington medical malpractice lawyer from our firm. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation. There is no obligation or risk to take legal action.
Call a Bloomington Medical Malpractice Attorney Now
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or worse due to a doctor’s or health care provider’s negligence, it may be in your best interest to contact a lawyer to discuss your potential legal options.
At TSR Injury Law, we recognize that while compensation does not change the outcome of what happened, it may help ease the financial and emotional burden that is often associated with the recovery process. Schedule your free consultation today. We do not charge upfront fees for our services unless we help secure compensation for you.
Our office is within close proximity, just three minutes, from the TRIA Physical Therapy and Education Center Bloomington.
Need legal help? Gives us a call at (612) TSR-TIME.