What Is Medical Malpractice?

Each and every day medical malpractice will affect  hundreds of thousands of people’s lives. Even worse, 10,000 of those cases are avoidable. These cases often involve complex science and medicine, misdiagnoses, and sometimes, blatant error. Operating on the wrong limb?  That actually does happen.  Leaving a surgical sponge in a patient’s abdomen?  We have seen that, too.  Sometimes hospitals are overworked and understaffed, and we understand that. But, we don’t think you should have to pay for their mistakes. You shouldn’t have to suffer from their lack of preparation.

Why Work With Freiwald Law?

The legal team at Freiwald law works tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for the victims of medical malpractice to make sure they get a settlement or jury verdict that adequately compensates for your needs and your losses. We know every law firm you talk to will tell you the same thing, but we’re different. We know that money isn’t always everything. Sometimes forcing the hospital or doctor to acknowledge the error and to apologize is important. Sometimes ensuring the caregivers responsible receive the proper training to ensure this never happens again is worth pressing for as part of a settlement. We are committed to doing well (getting you the best settlement or verdict possible) but also to doing good (making a difference whenever possible).  

So many of our clients come to us out of concern for what they went through, but also very dedicated to doing something about it so that others are not harmed or subjected to the risk of a devastating outcome in a hospital or doctor’s office.

If medical malpractice has caused you serious harm and believe you have a case, contact us for a free consultation.

These are a few examples of medical malpractice cases our firm has handled in recent years:

  • A multi-million dollar verdict: An ER physician missed the clear signs of a heart condition and diagnosed a man with pneumonia instead. A few hours later, he died.
  • A multi-million dollar verdict: A young woman and mother of three young children died of a massive pulmonary embolism after a routine surgery.
  • A multi-million dollar settlement: A young woman went to the ER multiple times in the course of a few days with headache pain, only to be told she had a migraine. In fact, the vessels in her brain were constricted because of medication interactions her doctors should have recognized. Though not yet 40 years old, she had multiple strokes and died.
  • A multi-million dollar verdict: A surgeon and hospital staff performed surgery on the wrong kidney leading to the patient’s death.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Qualifies As Medical Malpractice?

Malpractice is really another word for negligence, the legal term for carelessness.  So, medical malpractice is the failure to follow accepted standards of care.  For a surgeon, this might mean committing an error during an operation that causes a devastating complication.  For a nurse, it might mean administering the wrong dose of a medication.

Are Only Doctors Liable For Medical Malpractice?

Any healthcare provider who takes responsibility for the care of a patient can be responsible for a medical error.  This includes physicians, yes, but also nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and even administrators.