NORTH DAKOTA MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS
Legal guidance you can trust when a negligent medical professional causes harm
Every day, the people of North Dakota rely on medical professionals to provide them with proper medical care. Whether in a doctor’s office, an emergency room or on a surgical table, physicians are responsible for conducting themselves with reasonable care and consideration for their patients. When a physician’s negligence causes serious injury or fatality, the ability to recover monetary damages may hinge on the experience and skill of your attorney.
The highly capable North Dakota medical malpractice attorneys of Larson Law Firm P.C. have represented numerous clients in medical malpractice cases. If you believe a medical provider’s mistake or substandard care caused or contributed to your injury, we can help. If you have a viable claim, we will put all of our energy into pursuing the justice you deserve.
What is medical malpractice? Do I have a claim?
If the medical professionals involved in your care acted in a negligent manner, then you could have a claim for medical malpractice. The truth is, a bad outcome after a procedure or course of treatment does not necessarily constitute medical negligence. Sometimes, bad things simply happen to good people.
In order to make a successful medical negligence or malpractice claim, we need to prove that:
- An official doctor/patient relationship existed between you and the medical professional
- As a result of that relationship, the professional owed you a duty of care
- His or her actions (or lack thereof) deviated from the acceptable standard of care, leading to a breach of the duty owed to you
- This breach was the direct cause of the injuries you sustained
- An injury resulted from this breach of duty
Once all these have been proven, then we can make a claim for damages. In some cases, you may be able to settle your case without going to trial. However, many insurance companies will offer a very low, or unfair, settlement amount. When this happens, you must decide whether you wish to pursue your claim in court.
What types of malpractice claims do you handle?
Our legal team has handled all forms of medical malpractice cases, including those involving:
When asserting medical malpractice in North Dakota, it is very important to note that the state has a two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims. This means that you generally only have two years to commence your claim for compensation. While this may seem like a reasonable time period, the full extent of injuries is sometimes unknown until well after the fact. For example, a client must wait to find out if a remedy might restore his vision that was lost after a doctor failed to diagnose a treatable eye condition. Likewise, nerve damage or brain damage to newborns may not be discovered or fully realized until the baby is one or two years old.
These complexities make it vitally important to contact an attorney as soon as you suspect malpractice. Our skilled North Dakota medical malpractice lawyers will consult with medical experts to gauge the prognosis for recovery and ongoing care needs, and to demonstrate how the doctor, nurse or medical staff failed to meet the accepted standard of care.
What is informed consent and what do I need to know?
Before undergoing any type of medical procedure or surgery, you should understand exactly what the procedure entails as well as any risks. However, informed consent is more than just signing a form at the hospital before having surgery. You also have the right to know what this procedure or treatment means in terms of possible outcomes. Informed consent means your doctor has discussed the following with you:
- Your diagnosis
- Recommended treatment
- Risks associated with the treatment
- Alternative treatments and associated risks
- Consequences of taking no action
If your healthcare professionals fail to inform you of the possible risks of your procedure, they could be held liable for any injuries you experience.
How do I find a skilled North Dakota medical malpractice attorney?
If you or a loved one suffered injury because of a medical professional’s negligence, you need an attorney with malpractice experience. This area of law requires specialized knowledge of both medical and legal matters that not every personal injury law firm is equipped to handle. The attorneys at Larson Law Firm have decades of experience trying medical malpractice suits and actions, using our wealth of resources and experts for your benefit.
We understand North Dakota malpractice law as well as the common strategies hospitals and insurance companies employ to attempt to minimize your claim.
What are the top causes of medical malpractice?
An article from MDLinx listed seven top causes of medical malpractice across the nation. According to MDLinx, the seven top reasons malpractice occurs are:
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Informed consent
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
The article also noted that nearly 50 percent of doctors aged 55 and older have been sued for malpractice, as opposed to only eight percent of doctors aged 40 and younger.
Experienced representation for your federal malpractice claim
At Larson Law Firm, we have handled a number of cases dealing with medical malpractice or negligence by hospitals that are governed by federal agencies. For example, in cases involving air force hospitals, a service member cannot file a claim against the government, but a knowledgeable North Dakota medical negligence lawyer can assist with a claim on behalf of a dependent spouse or child.
Our founding attorney, Mark V. Larson recovered the largest settlement in state history for a stillborn baby. The delivering doctor at the North Dakota air base hospital failed to take the baby by C-section when the mother developed a fever. The baby also became fevered while the physician waited for a natural delivery. The infant’s distress was further compounded when the mother was injected with a saline solution, resulting in the stillbirth.
Our legal team provides each client with quality and reliable legal representation. Mr. Larson is a certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Although he consistently achieves fair settlements in the majority of cases, he prepares every medical malpractice case for the possibility of a trial.
Call us today for a free and confidential consultation with a North Dakota medical malpractice and negligence lawyer
The lawyers of Larson Law Firm P.C. have years of knowledge and experience in the courts of North Dakota. If you were injured by a medical professional, trust a firm with a proven track record of success. Complete our contact form or call us toll free at 701-638-3060 to schedule a free initial consultation. From our offices in Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo, we represent medical malpractice clients throughout Ward, Williams, McKenzie, Pierce and Mountrail Counties.
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