Medical Malpractice in Oklahoma
Whether suffering from a long-term illness or an acute condition, more than ever before, we are compelled to place our trust in the health care system. Most providers provide competent medical treatment. However, when you are let down and injured because of your doctor’s avoidable errors, you should not just live with those mistakes — or your lingering sense of betrayal.
Medical malpractice does not cause every unfortunate medical outcome. Many laypeople do not fully appreciate the complexity of even a “simple” procedure. Medical malpractice occurs only when a health care professional violates the required medical standard of care, either by doing something wrong or failing to do something right. The medical standard of care is the level of care that the local medical community would consider reasonable under the conditions. Like other kinds of negligence standards, the application of the standard depends heavily on the circumstances of each particular case.
Medical malpractice includes mistakes made by a variety of healthcare professionals, such as:
A malpractice victim or their surviving family members can face many legal and societal hurdles when making a malpractice claim. If the victim is an adult, malpractice law requires the patient to file their case within two years from when he or she knew (or could have known) that their injury was caused by malpractice. Many personal injury law firms are reluctant to take on malpractice cases, either because they lack the requisite medical knowledge to successfully pursue them or because they are wary of fighting influential medical institutions, often defended by powerful law firms and insurers. It can also be difficult to confront respected doctors, even after they make a bad mistake.
Therefore, it is crucial to hire an experienced malpractice law firm that has the resources and medical knowledge to determine where your doctor failed you, and the proven ability to persuade a jury that you deserve the maximum compensation for your suffering — even if caused by a respected practitioner or institution in the community.
If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, increase the likelihood that you will receive fair compensation in Oklahoma for your injuries. Contact The Barkett Law Firm for a free consultation.