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Morgantown Medical Malpractice

You rely on your doctor and other medical professionals to keep you safe when you need medical treatment. When you experience a delay in treatment, a misdiagnosis, or become the victim of a medical mistake, you might feel confused or even betrayed. When a patient suffers harm as a result of a medical professional’s actions (or failure to act), it’s medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, you may be able to collect compensation under West Virginia law to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.

Do I Have Grounds for a Malpractice Claim?

There is a difference between being unhappy with your medical care and true malpractice. Gaining compensation for medical malpractice requires showing sufficient evidence for the following:

  • That a doctor-patient relationship existed. When you inquire about medical services from a physician during an office visit, you are also establishing a duty of care. Doctors owe a duty of care to patients they see in their offices – but not to casual or personal acquaintances.
  • The doctor committed negligence. This occurs when a physician or other health care provider deviates from medically-established standards of care. Proving negligence often requires expert testimony from a medical professional with similar experience and training.
  • The physician’s negligence led to injury. Examples of injury could include a delay in treatment or a worse health outcome. This, too, requires medical expert testimony.
  • You incurred damages as a result of provider negligence. Examples of damages include physical pain, medical bills, lost wages, and mental anguish.

Types of Medical Malpractice

There are many instances in which a provider might commit negligence. Some of the most common types of malpractice include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Prescription errors
  • Failing to warn of the known risks of a procedure
  • Issuing a treatment plan that does not align with the standard of care
  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birthing errors

Why You Need an Attorney

Medical malpractice cases can be difficult for patients to navigate, particularly at a time when they are already feeling unwell. Building these cases requires garnering testimony, negotiating with insurance companies, and communicating with a hospital system’s defense lawyers. The attorneys at the Manchin Injury Law Group, PLLC have been serving the communities of Morgantown and Fairmont for 37 years.

We treat every client like family, while giving each medical malpractice case the attention to detail it deserves. While many of our cases settle out of court, we prepare each case as if it’s going to trial. This better equips us to negotiate aggressively on your behalf and secure the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost income, pain, and suffering.

If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice, your next step is to contact our firm to schedule a free initial consultation. Let one of our attorneys provide a risk free review of your legal options and help you decide on your next best steps.