Mississippi Medical Malpractice Lawyer
When you visit the doctor or undergo a medical procedure, you put your trust in the medical professionals treating you. You assume they will do whatever is in your best interests and that the facility where you are receiving treatment is taking the same excellent care. However, that doesn’t always happen. Medical mistakes can happen. Some of these mistakes rise to the level of medical malpractice. If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you have the legal right to pursue a claim for your damages. To learn more about pursuing a claim, contact a Mississippi medical malpractice lawyer.
Filing a Mississippi Medical Malpractice Claim
Medical malpractice is any behavior or action by a trained medical professional that is a departure from the accepted standards of practice, which results in your injuries. Not every mistake or negative outcome falls under medical malpractice, which is why you need to speak with an experienced attorney.
Some of the most common medical malpractice cases involve:
- Anesthesia errors,
- Delayed or wrong diagnosis,
- Birth injuries and defects,
- Medication errors, both types of dosages
- Emergency room errors,
- Misinterpreting test results,
- Failure to diagnose,
- Failure to monitor,
- Delay in treatment,
- Surgical errors, including objects left in the body,
- Inexperienced improperly trained staff, and
- Other acts of professional incompetence.
It’s hard to imagine a medical professional could let these things happen, but these are not usually intentional acts. Medical providers are overworked and rushed, and sometimes that can lead to mistakes like forgetting to remove a surgical instrument from the body.
Who Can Be Held Responsible in Mississippi for Medical Malpractice Claims?
Medical malpractice affects more than just doctors. Multiple parties and facilities can be held accountable if they did not meet the accepted standard of care. Possible parties in a Mississippi medical malpractice claim include:
- Doctors and surgeons,
- Any other licensed dental or medical practitioners,
- Doctors’ offices
- Hospitals and surgical centers,
- Emergency rooms,
- Dental offices,
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation centers,
- Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities,
- Hospices, and
- Any other licensed medical facilities and institutions.
When you retain Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC to represent you in a medical malpractice claim, we will conduct a thorough investigation to ensure all responsible parties are on notice of pending malpractice claims. Less experienced attorneys may not have the knowledge and resources to take on cases like this. Trust us to build the strongest case possible to get you the compensation you deserve.
Statute of Limitations on a Medical Malpractice Claim
Like other types of personal injury claims, there is a deadline for filing a lawsuit. In Mississippi, you have two years from the date that the malpractice occurred or when the error is discovered. However, you cannot bring a claim for an incident that happened more than seven years ago. The deadline applies even if you couldn’t have discovered the malpractice any sooner.
There may be two specific exceptions to the seven-year limitation. The court could allow the statute of limitations to run from the date of discovery, even after seven years, if:
- A foreign object was left inside you; or
- The healthcare provider committed fraud and concealed a medical error or another type of malpractice.
Do not attempt to calculate the statute of limitations on your own. Let our knowledgeable legal team handle your case and make sure a lawsuit is filed timely.
Contact our Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, contact Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us protect your rights and help you get justice against the responsible medical professionals.