Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Lawyers


Recent studies have identified medical malpractice as one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States, killing up to 98,000 people each year. Many Oklahoma personal injury law firms hesitate to take on the challenges involved in an Oklahoma medical malpractice case. These cases are costly and require in-depth medical and legal knowledge to effectively litigate. At McIntyre Law, we have the resources and experience needed to take on Oklahoma doctor’s insurance companies and the experts they use to try to avoid liability when medical negligence has occurred. Our attorneys have a proven history of effectively litigating Oklahoma medical malpractice cases and are here to help you and your loved ones.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is an act or omission by a health care provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or wrongful death to the patient.

Why choose McIntyre Law?

Honesty, hard work and compassion are the hallmarks of McIntyre Law’s Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers. We strive to provide the best legal representation to victims of medical malpractice in Oklahoma while adhering to a strict code of ethics. We pledge to keep the victim’s best interests in mind and make the legal process as painless as possible for the injured and their family. At McIntyre Law you will get the full attention of our Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers and have unabated access to us at any time.

How do I know if I have a claim?

Experiencing medical malpractice in Oklahoma can be a scary concept. For one thing, you could be dealing with an ailment that requires ongoing treatment. Second, you might be hesitant to raise the question of medical negligence with your physician. Especially if it’s a physician whom you trust and who you’ve been seeing for many years, it could seem implausible that malpractice could have occurred, or even embarrassing to inquire about.

However, if you or a loved one has suffered or continues to suffer because of a medical provider’s mistakes, you’re entitled to compensation. The experienced Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys at McIntyre Law can help you to get it.

 

Our team of attorneys in Oklahoma City is prepared to fight and help you or your loved get this best care and treatment he or she deserves. Contact McIntyre Law today to start your case.

 

What to expect from filing a medical malpractice case in Oklahoma

An Oklahoma medical malpractice attorney will likely ask you to tell him exactly what happened, from your first doctor’s visit until your most recent contact with him or her. Ultimately, it could be up to a jury to determine whether the physician followed standard medical practice or if your treatment was below the accepted standard of care.

Expert testimony regarding the standard of care will be presented to the jury to contrast with the care that was actually provided so that the jury can determine whether the doctor was within the acceptable realm. Generally, a specialist will be held to a higher standard of care than a generalist. In other words, a heart surgeon would be expected to treat a heart ailment more specifically and knowledgeably than a non-specialist.

When you consult an attorney regarding a medical malpractice claim, be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What were the circumstances surrounding your illness or injury?
  • What was your physician’s method of treatment?
  • What information did your doctor provide about the treatment, possible side effects, long-term effects, etc.?
  • Did you follow the doctor’s instructions?
  • What happened to you as a result of the treatment?

Be aware, though, that a medical result can never be guaranteed. Sometimes, complications occur and a surgery or procedure doesn’t yield the desired result. In order to have an Oklahoma medical malpractice case, you would have to prove that the doctor deviated from the appropriate standard of care during the course of your treatment.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice Mistakes

Medical malpractice can have serious consequences for those who survive. It is typical to see long term health damage that may require a lifetime of care due to medical malpractice. Typical cases in which medical malpractice occurs may involve:

  1. Surgical errors
  2. Brain injuries
  3. Birth injuries
  4. Physician impairment
  5. Emergency room error
  6. Misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose
  7. Anesthesia mistakes
  8. Medication errors

Working with a team of medical experts, our Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys will help you determine whether a medical professional has deviated from the recognized standards of care that result in serious injuries or death to patients.

1. Surgical Errors

A sedated patient undergoing surgery is at his or her most vulnerable state. When you have a surgical procedure performed, you have the expectation to be treated with the utmost care and to recover from your surgery without complications. While every surgery may carry with it inherent risks, surgical malpractice is not an acceptable risk. Contrary to what insurance companies would like you to believe, there are standards in surgery that are there to protect the patients and those standards must be adhered to by medical professionals.

Typically, surgical errors resulting in Oklahoma medical malpractice cases happen when your health care professional fails to provide you with the appropriate standard of care and makes errors prior to, during, or after your surgery. A surgical error is a type of medical malpractice that can have terrible, even deadly, results. Surgical errors can include:

  • Wrong incisions
  • Wrong site surgery
  • Equipment left inside the body
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Nerve damage
  • Prolonged surgery
  • Organ damage
  • Non-sterile equipment

2. Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are commonly caused by motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, or sports injuries. However, traumatic brain injuries can occur due to the medical negligence of healthcare providers, staff, or doctors. These injuries can be caused by:

  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Surgical errors
  • Stroke misdiagnosis
  • Heart attack misdiagnosis
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Brain infections from medical procedure
  • Birth trauma
  • Medication errors

3. Birth Injuries

The Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys at McIntyre Law are parents and take special consideration when handling negligence cases involving birth Injuries. These cases are sensitive and special care must be given to the children and families who have suffered as a result of a preventable birth injury. Our medical malpractice lawyers in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Lawton, and all over Oklahoma can help assist with these delicate cases.

While labor and delivery of a child can be routine, the process, if mismanaged by the medical providers, can cause brain damage and cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and other injuries to the baby. Some common avoidable mistakes that result in birth injuries are:

  • failure to adequately respond to birth complications
  • missed opportunity for a caesarian section
  • improperly prescribed/administered drugs
  • misuse of medical devices such as forceps
  • and improper care during the birthing process.

4. Doctor Impairment Injuries

Sadly there are situations where medical professionals have attempted to care for patients while impaired by alcohol, drugs or prescription drugs. The combination of doctor impairment and medical treatment is unjustifiable and usually has disastrous results for the patient. Our Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers are experienced in handling these claims and will fight for accountability with the medical professionals and their employers.

5. Emergency Room Errors

Oklahoma emergency room doctors generally provide excellent care but there are those occasions where medical errors occur. These errors are preventable and are usually the result of the chronic staff shortages that plague hospital emergency rooms. However, staff shortages are not an excuse for neglect. The hospital emergency room is not a place for mistakes, and when emergency room doctors or nurses drop the ball, the results can be catastrophic.

Some of the most common types of emergency room errors are:

  • failure to fully evaluate or treat a patient’s condition
  • late or wrong diagnosis
  • faulty laboratory tests
  • contaminated blood transfusions
  • prescribing incorrect medication or incorrect dosage
  • and failure to monitor a patient.

6. Diagnosis Errors

A study published in the October 2006 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine concludes that missed or delayed diagnoses may comprise nearly 60% of all medical malpractice claims. The study showed that errors in diagnosis occur not only in hospitals, but in other medical settings as well. If you or a loved one has fallen prey to a diagnosis error, you understand the grave and serious impact these errors have on you or your loved ones. These errors often lead to death or permanent harm to a patient who could have recovered but for the diagnosis error.

There are several types of diagnosis errors that may occur. Diagnosis errors include:

  • delayed diagnosis,
  • misdiagnosis,
  • and complete failure to diagnose a medical condition.

7. Anesthesia Error

Complications caused by anesthesia are among the normal risks of surgery, but anesthesia error is preventable and, like surgical error, is not an acceptable risk. When anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists are negligent, the consequences are usually serious and sometimes deadly. Anesthesiologists play an important role in making sure the patient is medically stable and fit for non-emergency surgery and stable throughout emergency surgery. Anesthesia error can lead to:

  • overdose
  • allergic reaction
  • pain and awareness during surgery
  • brain injury,
  • and much more.

8. Diagnosis Errors

Medication errors are one of the most preventable areas of Oklahoma’s medical malpractice cases. According to studies, drug overdoses or wrong medications cause an estimated 7,000 deaths a year. These mistakes are preventable. Medication errors can leave patients permanently disabled or can have results ranging in severity from minor to fatal. The mistake may be made when the drug is prescribed or in the administration of a medication. Many errors occur when medical professionals simply fail to pay attention to the patients past medical history, administer the wrong dosage or combine toxic and deadly combination of drugs. Poor packaging and labeling, inadequate policies and procedures by medical facilities, and failure to consider a patient’s medical history are just some of the causes of medication errors.

 

If you’ve experienced any of these medical errors and have suffered serious injuries following, contact McIntyre Law for a free consultation.

 

What compensation can I get from filing a medical malpractice case in Oklahoma?

Individuals dealing with, or have had a loved one pass away from, injuries due to medical malpractice are entitled to compensation for their suffering. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Oklahoma can result in recovering damages for:

  • Medical bills
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Emotional pain and suffering

According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, for each year during the study period, while 7.4% of all physicians had a malpractice claim, 78% of those did not result in payment to claimants. That said, though, in 2012, over $3 billion was spent in medical malpractice payouts, which averages to one payout every 43 minutes.

Where do McIntyre Law’s attorneys practice?

Our Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers routinely handle cases throughout the state. Our client representation includes:

  • Oklahoma City
  • Tulsa
  • Lawton
  • Edmond
  • Norman
  • Ardmore
  • Idabel
  • Shawnee
  • Stillwater
  • Midwest City
  • Moore

We litigate cases in counties including Oklahoma County, Tulsa County, Payne County, Cleveland and McCurtain County. No matter where you are in the state of Oklahoma, our medical negligence lawyers stand ready to help you.

Contact Our Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Attorneys for a Free Consultation

If you think that you’re a victim of medical malpractice in Oklahoma, don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions, and if something doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion. While we all like to have a provider with whom we feel comfortable and have a long-standing relationship, your health is too important for you to look the other way if you think that something has been mishandled. Call us, and we can give you the guidance you need for your next steps in assessing what can be a tricky and painful situation. Our exceptional level of experience and personal care can make a difference in the outcome of your case.

 

If you or a loved one has been the unfortunate victim of medical malpractice and are looking for a hospital malpractice attorney near you, contact McIntyre Law today.

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