Medical Malpractice: First, Do No Harm
We trust doctors and other medical staff with our lives. When they breach that trust and fail to properly treat your condition, results can be catastrophic. Although many doctors pledge to “first, do no harm,” too often they either fail to treat a patient or pursue the wrong course of treatment. When this happens, you need an attorney who will be your voice and your advocate.
At Cathey & Strain, LLC, we know this is a difficult time for you and your family, which is why we consult with you to tailor our legal strategy to your goals. We understand how expensive these cases are to pursue. They must be handled by an experienced personal injury attorney in order to succeed.
The Complexity Of Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice cases are complex and highly technical. They require the support of expert witnesses practicing in the specialty of the medical field involved with your case. The length of time you have to bring your claim (the statute of limitations) depends on specific rules regarding the type of claim. Different standards of evidence and burdens of proof also apply depending on the type of case.
As the plaintiff, you have the burden to prove that the medical provider made a “deviation” from the standard of medical care. You must file an affidavit with the complaint, signed by a qualified practitioner, supporting your allegations of professional negligence. We have the medical records reviewed by the highest caliber physicians or nurses in the specialty at issue.
Who Is Responsible?
Often, questions come up regarding who is responsible for doctors and nurses employed by clinics and hospitals or those working as independent consultants. In addition, technical legal issues may arise related to government-affiliated hospitals such as the Veterans Administration. Questions of liability require a deep understanding of the law. Cathey & Strain, LLC, has over 40 years of experience practicing in this area and knows how to navigate these matters.