West Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyers Hold Negligent Medical Professionals Accountable
Extensive legal experience can make all the difference in a medical malpractice case
At Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown, we help people injured because of the negligence of medical professionals maximize compensation for damages. The doctor, nurse or medical specialist who treats you must adhere to a standard of care. When the level of care provided fails to meet that standard, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice suit. Our medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience handling these complex cases. You pay us no attorney fees unless we recover money for you.
We seek to prove medical negligence
West Virginia is concerned about the rising cost of medical liability among healthcare providers and nursing homes. The state requires the following proof in medical malpractice cases:
- The healthcare provider failed to exercise the degree of care, skill and learning required or expected of other healthcare providers acting in similar circumstances.
- The failure was a proximate cause of the injury or death.
- If the healthcare provider’s failure to follow the accepted standard of care deprived the patient’s chance of recovery or increased the risk of harm, the plaintiff must show that following the accepted standard of care would have resulted in at least a 25 percent improvement in recovery or survival.
We work with a team of medical experts to determine the standard of care that should have been provided. We file your claim to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you want to file an action against a medical professional, you have up to two years from the date of injury or the date when the error was discovered or should have been discovered.
Medical malpractice and nursing home abuse can have tragic consequences. If a loved one died as a result of medical negligence, we can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased’s personal representative. Medical professionals are supposed to improve health and heal. When a preventable mistake occurs, the parties who erred must be held accountable for their actions.
We handle a broad range of medical malpractice claims
Our experience handling medical malpractice cases extends to a variety of claims, including the following:
- Surgical errors. Performing surgery on the wrong site, leaving instruments or materials in the body, puncturing an organ, causing spinal cord or nerve damage, operating on the wrong person, and using unsanitary surgical tools are examples of surgical errors for which a medical malpractice suit can be filed.
- Misdiagnosis. A wrong diagnosis can result in improper treatment or lack of treatment for the correct diagnosis, often leading to devastating results. Common misdiagnoses occur for asthma, cancer, heart attacks, lymph node inflammation, staph infections and strokes.
- Missed diagnosis. International researchers found that up to 63 percent of medical malpractice claims resulted from missed diagnoses or failure to diagnose, particularly heart disease and cancer. The consequence in up to 48 percent of reported cases was death.
- Prescription errors. Failure to prescribe and administer the correct medications in the proper dosages can result in serious injury and death.
- Birth injuries. Doctor error or medical staff mistakes during the birthing process can result in life-altering injuries, including brachial plexus palsy, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, brain hemorrhage, facial nerve damage, umbilical cord entrapment and stillbirth.
We work to get our clients the money they need and deserve to cover the long-term costs of health provider failure to meet accepted standards of care.
Contact us now to set up your free initial consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in West Virginia
Angotti & Straface, L.C., located in Morgantown, helps West Virginians deal with the aftermath of medical practitioner error. Call us anytime at 304-212-7368 or use our online contact form to make an appointment. For the severely injured, we can come to your home or hospital room. You pay us no attorney fees unless we obtain money for you.