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Medical Malpractice in Wisconsin
It's estimated that about 195,000 people a year die as a result of medical errors, and far more are injured because of mistakes made by healthcare providers. If you've been injured or sickened at the hands of a medical provider, or a loved one has been killed, you should contact a Wisconsin medical malpractice attorney or personal injury lawyer immediately. You may be entitled to financial compensation.
Medical Malpractice Basics
Medical malpractice is one of the most misunderstood areas of the law. Just because a doctor failed to diagnose you doesn't automatically mean you have a malpractice case. Nor do you necessarily have a case if your health failed to improve while under a doctor's care.
For a medical malpractice claim to be successful, several conditions must exist. Your Wisconsin medical malpractice lawyer must demonstrate that:
- The doctor or medical professional failed to follow the standard of care
- You were injured as a result of the healthcare provider's mistake
- That injury caused damages in the form of either financial expenses or emotional suffering
Establishing the standard of care or standard of good medical practice is one of the more difficult tasks. According to the American Bar Association:
"A jury will consider testimony by experts—usually other doctors, who will testify whether they believe your physician's actions followed standard medical practice or fell below the accepted standard of care. In deciding whether your heart surgeon was negligent, for example, a jury will be told to rely on expert testimony to determine what a competent heart surgeon would have done under the same or similar circumstances. A specialist, like a heart surgeon, is held to a higher standard of care—that of a specialist—than would be expected of a nonspecialist."
How a Wisconsin Lawyer Can Help You
Medical malpractice claims are notoriously difficult to win, so you want to have experienced medical malpractice attorneys on your side. Your attorney can:
- Review the facts of your situation, including your medical records and your account of what occurred, as well as the accounts of anyone else who was present at the time
- Consult with medical experts who can help prove what errors were made
- Negotiate with the medical provider who caused your injury as well as the medical provider's insurance company or attorney in an effort to reach a financial settlement
- Prepare, file and try a medical malpractice lawsuit if negotiation efforts are unsuccessful
Find & Hire a Wisconsin Med Mal Attorney
Wisconsin medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed within three years of the date of your injury or one year from the date your injury was discovered. Because the clock is ticking, you should promptly hire Wisconsin medical malpractice lawyers as soon as possible after your injury.
Attorneys.com offers a free service that can connect you with Wisconsin personal injury attorneys and medical malpractice lawyers across the state. Complete the form on this page or call us at 877-913-7222 to get started. After you answer a few simple questions, we'll quickly match you with a lawyer in your area.