Medical Malpractice Attorney in Newport News, VA
Securing compensation for injured patients
As patients, we place a great deal of trust in our doctors. We imagine that their years of training and experience have prepared them to evaluate our health, recommend appropriate treatments and perform necessary procedures. But doctors are just as human as anyone else. They are prone to human failings, such as haste, inattentiveness, narrow thinking, fatigue and arrogance. When your medical professional fails in his or her duty to use proper care and an injury occurs, you deserve to be compensated. For more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Timothy H. Hankins has fought to uphold the rights of patients to competent, compassionate medical care. If your healthcare provider’s negligence has caused you to be injured, turn to a hardworking lawyer who will earn your trust.
Medical malpractice lawyers fight errors due to negligence
Medical malpractice can occur at any time during your treatment. Common mistakes that amount to negligence include:
- Medical error -- This can be a misdiagnosis that delays treatment of a disease, causing a much worse outcome or even death. Illnesses such as cancer or meningitis can progress quickly with devastating results. Diagnostic errors, where doctors fail to order necessary tests, tests are poorly conducted or results are misinterpreted, can result in a misdiagnosis. Doctors can also prescribe the wrong medication, the wrong dosage of the correct medication or medications in dangerous combinations.
- Surgical error -- Mistakes made in the preparation or performance of an operation can cause serious complications requiring additional surgery to correct. Surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong side of a patient or perform the wrong procedure. Medical equipment, such as sponges, can be sewn inside the patient. A slip of a scalpel can cause internal bleeding or paralysis. Postoperative infections are all too common and often life-threatening.
- Institutional neglect -- An institution such as a hospital or nursing home is charged with oversight of all patients in its care. When the site is poorly maintained, the staff is inattentive and protocols are lax, patient care suffers. Bedsores, dehydration and malnutrition are just a few of the problems caused by neglect in an institutional setting.
Expending every effort to make your case for compensation
Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to prove. The cause of an injury is not always apparent, and a patient's bad outcome is not necessarily the result of a doctor's mistake. To make a case for malpractice, personal injury attorneys must be willing to dig deep: interview potential witnesses while their recollections are fresh, act quickly to preserve evidence, pore over your health records and consult with experts in the field. Timothy H. Hankins has the knowledge, skill and especially the work ethic needed to build your best case for recovery for malpractice in Hampton, Norfolk, Yorktown and Williamsburg.
Consult a malpractice attorney in Hampton, Norfolk, Windson, Williamsburg & Yorktown, and the entire Peninsula area of VA
For aggressive representation in your medical malpractice case, contact Timothy H. Hankins. Call 757-525-9883 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We accept malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there's no attorney’s fee until we win.