Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals typically perform their duties to the best of their ability, providing the right medical care and saving lives. They are, however, just as human as the rest of us, which means that they can make mistakes. This can be a case of bad judgment or something more malicious, the results add additional pain and suffering to patients who had turned to these medical professionals for help.
Located in Scottsdale, David Shapiro Law, PLLC, handles a wide range of personal injury cases, including medical malpractice. We are invested in the well-being of each client and will fight to ensure that proper compensation is paid. Our founder believes that the firm’s main job is to help our clients. We do this by listening to the details of your case, conducting our own inquiry, and even bringing in our own medical professionals to build the strongest case possible.
Medical malpractice claims in Arizona can become incredibly complicated, and it is not uncommon for injury victims to get bogged down when they try to handle these claims on their own. The truth is that most medical malpractice victims do not have the resources or legal knowledge necessary to stand up to all of the other parties involved (medical professionals, major healthcare organizations, insurance carriers, legal teams, etc).
However, a skilled Scottsdale medical malpractice attorney can use their resources to handle every aspect of the claim on behalf of their client. This will include gathering all evidence necessary to show that the medical professional in question breached their duty of care to the patient. This also means that the attorney will handle all communication with other parties involved, including insurance carriers and legal teams, in an attempt to reach a fair settlement. If this fails, an attorney will fully prepare to take the case all the way to trial if necessary.
Medical malpractice claims arise in various ways in Arizona and throughout the US. The truth is that a medical malpractice case could arise anytime a medical professional or medical facility fails to uphold the standard of care that they owe to each patient. Some of the most common ways that our attorneys see medical malpractice claims arise include the following:
This is certainly not an exhaustive list of the ways that medical mistakes can arise in Arizona. If you think that you or a loved one has been injured due to a medical error, reach out to the team at David Shapiro Law, PLLC for a free consultation so that we can determine the best steps forward for your situation right now.
Medical mistakes are not something that most people think about when they seek treatment from a professional. However, when we look at research from Johns Hopkins University, we can see that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country. Researchers say that approximately 250,000 people lose their lives each year due to preventable medical errors. However, the fatalities only show us part of the overall picture.
Additional research has shown that millions of people across the country are harmed due to medical mistakes each year. Even though most people who experience a medical error do survive, that does not mean that they suffer no hardship. Recovery from a medical error can take a significant amount of time and include additional hospitalizations, corrective surgical procedures, years of physical therapy, or even permanent disability.
When most people think of medical mistakes, they think of hospitals. While it is certainly true that many of the medical errors that occur do happen inside of a hospital setting, that is not always the case. Take a moment and think about how many medical professionals you or your loved ones interact with over the course of a single year. This could include the following:
Each of these medical professionals has a duty to uphold the medical standard of care for each patient that they treat or interact with in a professional capacity. Medical mistakes can occur in a hospital, in a doctor’s office, or in any area where a patient has established a formal relationship with their medical professional.
It is crucial to understand that medical malpractice victims in Scottsdale, Arizona, have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit in these cases. When we turn to Arizona Revised Statutes section 12-542(1), we can see that medical malpractice claims must be filed within two years after the alleged medical mistake occurred.
However, there are some exceptions to this time frame. For example, Arizona follows what is called the “discovery rule.” This means that a person may be able to extend the statute of limitations until the time when they knew or reasonably should have known that a medical mistake caused their injury or losses. For example, there are times when a person may the experiencing ill effects and not realize that what they are experiencing was caused by a medical mistake until sometime after the malpractice occurred. The statute of limitations two-year “clock” will not start ticking until the moment a person discovers the medical error caused their problems.
Additionally, the medical malpractice statute of limitations “clock” in Arizona may also be paused if the injury victim is under the age of 18 or mentally disabled.
At David Shapiro Law, PLLC, we understand that those harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional may be struggling financially as a result of the incident. That is why we take Scottsdale medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will face no upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their case.
Medical malpractice clients at our firm will only pay legal fees after we obtain the compensation that they are entitled to. If we do not win, our clients do not pay. We think that this type of fee arrangement is necessary so that those harmed due to the actions of others are able to stand up to at-fault parties and hold them accountable in the courtroom.
There may be various types of compensation available for medical malpractice victims in Scottsdale, Arizona. At David Shapiro Law, PLLC, our attorneys strive to recover various types of compensation on behalf of every client. This includes, but is not limited to, the following types of economic and non-economic damages:
Without fully examining your medical malpractice case, there will be no way to determine exactly how much compensation you should receive. Every medical malpractice claim in Arizona is different, and the total amount of compensation awarded will vary depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding each particular case. We strongly encourage you to work with a skilled medical malpractice lawyer in Scottsdale as soon as possible so that you can gain an understanding of what you can expect in terms of a settlement or jury verdict.
David Shapiro is a lawyer who is passionate about representing the injured, elderly, and infirm. We are committed to gaining the compensation you deserve. This can be a spine injury that leaves you with chronic back pain; it can be a newborn suffered hypoxia during childbirth because of a misdiagnosis; or it can be some other life-changing medical event.
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional in or around the Scottsdale, Arizona area, reach out to the team at David Shapiro Law, PLLC for help as soon as possible. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling complex medical malpractice and personal injury cases throughout Arizona, and we have the resources necessary to help clients recover total compensation for their losses. We refuse to back down from aggressive insurance carriers or at-fault parties, and we will not hesitate to take your malpractice claim all the way to trial. When you need a Scottsdale medical malpractice attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (480) 637-5692.