Anchorage Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Helping Victims of Medical Malpractice Financially Recover
We expect doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other medical professionals and facilities to provide us with a proper professional level of care. When medical practitioners are negligent or act wrongfully, victims can and should seek compensation in the form of medical malpractice lawsuits.
By contacting an medical malpractice attorney in Anchorage as soon as possible, we can help in gathering information that can be useful in your case such as photographic evidence and witness statements. The process of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit and securing compensation is complex. At Farnsworth & Vance, our Anchorage medical malpractice lawyers have helped numerous injured Alaskans successfully recover the compensation they were owed. It’s important that you speak to an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you determine the best course of action for your particular situation. Our firm is here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and tirelessly advocate for you and your recovery.
What Is Medical Malpractice/Negligence?
All medical professionals—including doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, pediatricians, nursing home doctors, and hospital staff—are required by law to abide by the “standard of care.” Essentially, this means that they must do everything they can to provide a proper level of treatment and care for patients. It does not mean that they cannot make mistakes or fail to heal a patient’s illness. However, if a medical professional fails to meet the widely accepted standard of care, either through an act of negligence, omission, or outright malpractice, he or she can be held liable for any resulting injuries or the death of the patient.
Some of the most common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis
- Failing to diagnose a condition
- Failing to treat a condition
- Misreading/misinterpreting test results
- Ignoring patient’s symptoms
- Failing to take patient’s medical history into account
- Surgical errors, such as operating on the wrong site or wrong patient
- Anesthesia errors, including administering too much or too little anesthesia
- Medication and prescription errors, such as over- and under-dosage
- Failing to order/perform necessary tests
- Premature discharge
- Poor or nonexistent follow-up care
- Birth injuries
What Proof is Needed for a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Undesired medical results do not always mean that you have a medical malpractice claim. Alaskan law states that certain elements must be valid in order to have one.
For a medical malpractice claim, you must be able to prove:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship between you and the defendant
- The doctor or healthcare professional did not meet the medical standard of care that a similar healthcare provider would have provided
- The breach of care caused you injuries or damages that otherwise would not have occurred
Should I Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
These types of cases tend to be very difficult to prove, as victims must show that a doctor or medical facility violated the standard of care and that this led to the victim’s physical, emotional, and/or financial losses. Our Anchorage medical malpractice attorneys are well-versed in this particular area of law; we know what it takes to hold negligent medical professionals accountable, and we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you.
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Since medical malpractice injuries are not always discovered right away, the statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice claim works differently than other personal injury claims. In Alaska, you have two years from the date you were injured or in some cases, the date you discovered your injury to file a claim. If you fail to bring your claim forward in those two years, you may forfeit your rights to file a claim. The statute of limitations can be a complex topic, call our firm today to learn how this law may affect your case.
Contact the Legal Team at Farnsworth & Vance Today!
At Farnsworth & Vance, we employ a personalized, client-focused approach to each and every case. Our Anchorage medical malpractice lawyers will work with you to understand your goals and then devise a legal strategy aimed at achieving them. We always prioritize our clients’ best interests, whether that’s pursuing a sizable settlement or taking a case to trial. Our team works with various experts, including insurance insiders, in order to help our clients recover the maximum compensation they are owed.
They fought for every dollar that was rightfully mine. I would 100% recommend Farnsworth and Vance.- Lateecia L.
I have never needed legal representation before and he was so patient, explaining everything in layman's terms for me so that we were on the same page every step of the way.- Francesca B.
I worked with Jeff Vance on my personal injury case. I was more than pleased with the way he handled the case.- Ernie G.
Concierge Level of Service
We believe in taking care of our clients. We'll stand by you & help you navigate the complicated legal process from start to finish, including meeting you at your home or hospital if you cannot travel.
Some of our clients are afraid that, if they hire a lawyer, it means they will have to go to court. Because of our insurance industry insight, we usually settle claims without needing to do so.
Our office handles cases of all sizes & types. Whether you were injured in an accident or a loved one passed away through the fault of another, our office has the experience to help you recover.
Insurance Industry Insight
Our team has insider knowledge of the insurance industry because many used to work for some of Alaska's largest insurance providers. Now, they use that knowledge to advocate for our clients.
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