Princeton Medical Malpractice Attorney
While most people owe a duty of ordinary care in their everyday activities, doctors are held to a higher standard of care when engaged in their medical practice; they must practice with the level of skill, knowledge and care expected of other medical professionals with a similar level of training in their field. When doctors violate this duty through negligence or incompetence, they can and should be held liable for the injuries caused by their medical malpractice. West Virginia injury attorney Kay Bayless of the Bayless Law Firm in Princeton has the knowledge, skills, experience and dedication necessary to hold doctors and hospitals accountable for their medical errors. In fact, the Bayless Law Firm has achieved the highest multi-million dollar verdicts in Mercer County in cases involving physician malpractice and misconduct towards patients.
Medical Malpractice Causes Serious Personal Injury
Medical errors happen all of the time at doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals around the country – some more serious than others. Some cases of medical negligence are so serious they are termed “sentinel events” or “never events” by hospitals and medical groups; but even though “never events” should never happen, they happen often enough that the medical profession has a name for them. The Bayless Law Firm represents patients who have been seriously injured by all types of surgical errors and medical mistakes, including:
- Operations performed on the wrong side of the body
- Operations performed on the wrong patient
- Clamps, sponges and other foreign objects left inside the patient after surgery
- Missed cancer diagnosis
- Prescribing the wrong medication or giving an improper dose
- Failing to monitor fetal or maternal health
West Virginia Medical Malpractice Law
In West Virginia, doctors have been successful in getting a law passed which limits their liability in medical malpractice cases. Currently, injury victims are limited to around $300,000 in “noneconomic” damages (pain and suffering), although compensation up to around $600,000 is authorized where the doctor’s negligence has caused any of the following:
- Wrongful death
- Permanent and substantial physical deformity
- Loss of use of a limb
- Loss of a bodily organ system
- Permanent physical or mental functional injury that permanently prevents the injured person from being able to independently care for him or herself and perform life sustaining activities
These statutory caps on damages only apply to doctors who carry medical malpractice liability insurance of at least one million dollars. Whatever law applies, the Bayless Law Firm seeks the maximum amount of compensation appropriate to the injury and damage caused.
Get Help from an Experienced West Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney
A doctor’s negligence or incompetence can shake our faith in the medical system. The Bayless Law Firm works to restore our confidence in the profession by holding irresponsible doctors accountable for their errors, making sure that the injured victims are compensated and that appropriate action is taken by the medical profession to prevent future errors and injuries. If you or a loved one has been harmed by medical malpractice in Princeton, Charleston or other communities throughout southern West Virginia, contact the Bayless Law Firm for a free consultation with an experienced and successful medical malpractice attorney.