Common Questions About Medical Malpractice
At the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A., we have built a strong reputation for securing compensation on behalf of victims of medical malpractice. If you call our firm in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 910-779-3135 to schedule a free consultation, we can answer questions such as:
I think my doctor committed medical malpractice, but he or she is denying it. What makes a successful case?
A successful medical malpractice claim must prove that your doctor, nurse, psychiatrist or other health care professional had a duty of care to you and that a breach of that duty occurred. That means the care did not meet common acceptable standards. Successful malpractice claims often rely on the testimony of experts in the field who can describe why the care you received was negligent.
Why do I need an attorney? Can’t I just handle this on my own?
While it may be true that in some cases a hospital will offer a quick settlement that will cover your needs, medical malpractice claims are extremely complex. We have built a nationwide network of experts who we can call on to help prove where fault lies and the extent of the damage. You should not have to worry about this difficult legal work while you are also trying to deal with the consequences of a doctor’s negligent acts.
Should I talk to the hospital’s insurance company about my claim?
You should never talk to an insurance adjuster about your medical malpractice claim. Insurance companies try to limit their losses, which means they may try to take your words and use them against you. At the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A., our lawyers will handle the insurance companies on your behalf, putting you in the best position for success.
A hospital staff member said I could not take pictures that may help my case. What should I do?
If you have developed a bedsore, if there is a safety hazard or if there is anything else that you think has endangered your safety, you can document it. Our attorneys will work hard to protect and enforce your rights.
I need money now to cover my medical bills. Should I just take the settlement offer?
You should only accept a settlement offer after discussing it with an attorney. In many cases of medical malpractice, especially those involving birth injuries, the victim may need ongoing medical care for years or even the rest of his or her life. A quick settlement offer may be good for the short term, but you could be left facing severe financial hardship down the road.