Medical malpractice or medical negligence occurs quite often in North Carolina, fortunately, the patient is generally not harmed. Unfortunately, some people are severely injured by medical mistakes. Those injuries can take a serious toll on them and their families, both mentally and financially. For those hurt, the medical malpractice attorneys at Thompson & Pureza have handled numerous claims for clients throughout northeastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks over the past thirty years, giving them the experience and qualifications to handle almost any medical malpractice case.
What is Considered Medical Malpractice in North Carolina
Medical malpractice in North Carolina is generally defined as a claim for damages for personal injury or death which was caused by the failure to furnish professional services in a proper manner in a medical, dental, pharmaceutical or other healthcare setting. This statute refers to healthcare providers including doctors, nurses and virtually anyone in the healthcare profession. Generally speaking, a doctor or a nurse will be held legally liable for injuries if the care they rendered falls below the standard of care for that particular medical circumstance.
One fact to note is that medical malpractice claims are some of the most difficult claims to pursue in negligence law. North Carolina requires that before a medical negligence claim is filed in the courts of North Carolina, the attorney must certify that he or she has obtained the opinion of a similar medical expert who would testify that there is medical negligence in that particular case. This is a very specialized area of the law in which every case must be handled on an individual basis, depending on what are always unique circumstances.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Below are a few types of medical malpractice claims that the attorneys at Thompson & Pureza have worked with over the years.
- Human error involving surgery, the emergency room, or any other treatment center
- Failure to diagnose medical conditions, improper diagnosis or not recognizing medical symptoms
- Performing unauthorized treatments on the patient or not getting proper consent
- Failure to conduct proper testing or errors made in tests that were conducted
- Prescription overdoses or errors in medication made by the doctor or pharmacist
- Birth defects or birth related errors that result in harm to the mother or child when the proper procedure or treatment was not followed at delivery
- Post-care negligence where the caregiver may discharge a patient early or not offer the necessary post-treatment required
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of a medical professional in North Carolina you should contact us immediately. Our law firm can quickly and competently evaluate a medical malpractice claim to determine whether or not it is one to pursue. Any consultation with us concerning a matter of this nature is confidential and absolutely free. Just call (252) 335-7200 to speak with one of our attorneys.