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. The experienced Morgantown medical malpractice lawyers at Manchin Injury Law Group can help you seek justice.
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.
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:
These are the four key elements of a medical malpractice claim. You or your Morgantown medical malpractice attorney must prove these elements as more likely to be true or not true, otherwise known as a preponderance of the evidence, for a successful case.
Medical malpractice is a broad practice area within personal injury law. There are many instances in which a provider might commit negligence. Some of the most common types of malpractice include:
Our attorneys are capable of handling any type of medical malpractice claim in Morgantown, West Virginia. We can go up against any defendant or health care center, big or small, on your behalf to pursue compensation for a medical provider’s negligence.
You must act quickly if you wish to file a medical malpractice claim in Morgantown. West Virginia’s statute of limitations on this type of case is just two years from the date of the act of malpractice, in most cases, according to West Virginia Code Section 55-7B-4. This law states that any cause of action for medical injury to a person who is alleging malpractice must be commenced within two years of the date of injury or death.
If you do not discover your injuries immediately, you may have more time to file. In this case, the deadline is two years from the date that you discovered or should have discovered your injuries with reasonable diligence. In no event, however, may a medical malpractice claim be brought more than 10 years after the date of injury (statute of repose). If a minor under the age of 10 was injured by malpractice, a claim must be filed within two years of the date of injury or before the victim’s 12th birthday, whichever is later. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing your deadline to file.
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 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.