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Farmington Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Helping Victims of Medical Negligence in New Mexico
When you go to the doctor or the hospital, you expect to receive the care you need to get better. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Medical professionals are human and, as such, they make mistakes. However, when a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider makes a mistake that causes harm to a patient, they can be held liable for their negligence.
At James Wood Law, our Farmington medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of medical negligence recover the compensation they are owed. We understand the many challenges you are facing, and we are here to provide the compassionate support and aggressive representation you need. Our team has a proven track record of success, and we are prepared to fight for you.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to provide the accepted standard of care, resulting in harm to the patient. In other words, medical malpractice is a type of negligence that occurs when a healthcare provider fails to act as a reasonably competent and skilled provider would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.
There are four elements of a medical malpractice claim:
- The healthcare provider owed the patient a duty of care
- The healthcare provider breached the duty of care
- The patient suffered harm
- The patient’s harm was a direct result of the healthcare provider’s breach of the duty of care
Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of healthcare settings, including clinics, hospitals (like the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, NM), and doctors’ offices. It can also occur in a variety of ways, from misdiagnosing a patient to making a surgical error. Regardless of the specific circumstances, medical malpractice can cause serious harm to patients.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of ways. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis: When a doctor fails to diagnose a patient’s condition or diagnoses them with the wrong condition, the patient can suffer serious harm. Misdiagnosis can lead to delayed treatment, which can allow the patient’s condition to worsen. It can also lead to the patient receiving unnecessary treatment, which can cause additional harm.
- Medication Errors: Medication errors can occur in a variety of ways, from prescribing the wrong medication to administering the wrong dose. Medication errors can cause serious harm to patients, including life-threatening complications.
- Surgical Errors: Surgical errors can occur at any point during a procedure, from the pre-operative planning stage to the post-operative care stage. Common surgical errors include operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside the patient, and failing to provide the appropriate post-operative care.
- Birth Injuries: When a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider makes a mistake during the labor and delivery process, the baby can suffer serious harm. Birth injuries can cause permanent disabilities and even death.
- Anesthesia Errors: Anesthesia errors can occur when a healthcare provider administers too much or too little anesthesia. These errors can cause serious harm to patients, including brain damage and death.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Medical malpractice claims are subject to a statute of limitations, which is a deadline for filing a lawsuit. In New Mexico, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is three years from the date of the malpractice.
If you do not discover the malpractice until a later date, you have three years from the date you discovered the malpractice to file a lawsuit. However, you cannot file a medical malpractice lawsuit more than six years from the date of the malpractice, regardless of when you discovered the malpractice.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Many people who have been the victim of medical malpractice wonder how much their case is worth. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. The value of a medical malpractice case depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of the patient’s injuries and the impact the injuries have on the patient’s life.
Some of the factors that can affect the value of a medical malpractice case include:
- The cost of the patient’s medical treatment
- The cost of the patient’s future medical treatment
- The patient’s lost wages
- The patient’s loss of future earning capacity
- The patient’s pain and suffering
- The patient’s loss of enjoyment of life
It is important to note that New Mexico has a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Non-economic damages are damages that are not easily quantifiable, such as pain and suffering. In New Mexico, the cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases is $600,000.
How Our Farmington Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help
Medical malpractice claims are notoriously complex. To successfully recover compensation, you must be able to prove that your healthcare provider’s actions constituted malpractice. You must also be able to prove the full extent of your damages. Our Farmington medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience handling these types of cases, and we know what it takes to win.
When you choose James Wood Law, you can expect:
- Compassionate support: We understand the many challenges you are facing, and we are here to provide the compassionate support you need. Our team is available to answer your questions and address your concerns at every stage of the process.
- Aggressive representation: We are not afraid to take on big hospitals and insurance companies. Our team is prepared to fight tirelessly for you in and out of the courtroom.
- Personalized solutions: We know that no two cases are the same. When you turn to us, we will take the time to understand your unique situation and develop a personalized legal strategy that is tailored to your needs.
Don't wait to take action. Call our medical malpractice attorneys in Farmington, NM at (505) 906-6774 to discuss your options in a free and confidential consultation.
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