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One important reason to work with an experienced med mal attorney: gathering evidence

Last time, we began speaking about the potential importance increased documentation
of medical care and surgical procedures could play in reducing the incidence
of medical malpractice in the United States. As we noted, the suggestion
that health care providers routinely tape surgeries and other procedures
has certainly been met with some resistance, understandably so.

For one thing, routine video documentation of health care delivery could
potentially provide a significant avenue for holding physicians accountable
for failing to meet standards of care in the delivery of health care services.
In any medical malpractice case, one of the potential challenges is gaining
access to information that can be used to prove a physician’s liability.

In medical malpractice litigation, plaintiffs are typically at a disadvantage
in terms of gathering evidence of liability, since it is physicians and
health care institutions which hold the records regarding complications
and errors that come up during surgeries and other procedures and the
effects of these errors on the patient’s condition. Even so, in
some cases serious medical errors may not even be adequately recorded
in hospital records, leaving that knowledge within the minds of the physicians
and other workers assisting in the procedure.

In medical malpractice litigation, the discovery process is supposed to
allow plaintiffs access to evidence of medical errors, but plaintiffs
are not always able to gather the information they need. Not that video
documentation would be a foolproof remedy for this problem, but it could
certainly help in many cases. Because of the challenges in gathering the
evidence necessary to prove the elements of medical malpractice litigation,
it is critical for injured patients to work with an experienced attorney
who knows not only how to build a strong case, as well as when pursuing
alternative avenues of relief is preferable to
litigation.

Car Accidents

Head-on crash near Joplin: two dead, three seriously injured

Just about an hour’s drive north of Joplin sits the tiny town of Sheldon, Missouri. The quiet there was shattered on a recent Sunday afternoon when two cars collided head-on about a mile north of town on Interstate 49. A car driven north by a 92-year-old Sheldon woman was reportedly in the highway’s southbound lanes when it slammed into a car headed south. Both drivers were killed in the crash

Birth Injuries

My Grandchild Died During Delivery…

Hopefully, you’ll never face this nightmare. But what would you do if the unthinkable happens and you believe the hospital or physician is at fault? For the sake of illustration, let’s say that an infant died during childbirth. Perhaps it was a difficult delivery. Perhaps it was an error or oversight. What rights do the grandparents have? Can they sue for medical malpractice? Who Can Claim Damages? Unfortunately, in most

Car Accidents

Should I Hire a Plaintiff Attorney for my Car Accident Case?

If you have been injured in a car accident, it is likely that you will want to file a personal injury claim against those responsible for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, you may be considering handling your claim on your own in order to save on attorney’s fees. While you can indeed settle your own claim, this may not be the most desirable option. Before you attempt to take

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