Medical Negligence Attorney
Click on the links below to learn more about specific types of medical malpractice cases that we handle:
Hear attorney Patrick Malone describe the firm’s medical malpractice and health care negligence practice:
Patrick Malone & Associates has nationally recognized expertise and an exceptional track record in representing clients who have been seriously hurt by the negligence of health care providers: doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, pharmacists and others. Our medical malpractice attorneys have won many verdicts and settlements over $1 million for their clients.
Our experience as medical malpractice lawyers includes these areas which must be successfully dealt with in any case, no matter what medical specialty is involved:
- Evaluating the merit of each case.
- Dealing with healthcare organizations to gain access to medical records, clinicians, and other evidence to support a client’s negligence claim.
- Finding qualified physicians and other expert witnesses to evaluate individual cases and testify to medical malpractice, as required by law.
- Working with experts to calculate lost income, future medical care needs, and other damages that can be documented. We also evaluate damages that result from other losses, such as diminished activity or lifestyle.
- Handling trials as well as settlement negotiations, based on what will achieve the best outcome for our clients. Often, trials can be emotional and stressful experiences for plaintiffs — we are skilled at determining the most effective way to maximize success while minimizing the impact to our clients.
- Navigating the maze of time limits and other legal technicalities on filing malpractice lawsuits and making claims.
Our specialty areas within the medical malpractice field include:
Brain-damaged newborn babies
A variety of mishaps can occur in the labor and delivery process that result in serious life-long disability for infants and a substantial emotional and financial burden for their families. Perhaps no area of malpractice work requires as much skill, dedication, knowledge and experience to win a successful result. Lawyers who prosecute cases for obstetrical malpractice must be familiar with the stages of labor, ominous signs of fetal distress on electronic fetal monitoring, diabetes in pregnancy, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and a variety of other medical issues.
Read more about birth injuries and some of our cases.
Other injuries to infants and children
We have major experience working for children and their families in a host of tragic medical malpractice situations. Some examples:
- Nerve injury from improper delivery techniques (sometimes known as Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus palsy).
- Neonatal intensive care unit mishaps.
- Pediatric intensive care unit errors.
- Anesthesia errors.
Read more about other injuries to infants and children.
Cancer misdiagnosis and failure to detect cancer
Many cancers can be completely cured if early signs are appropriately recognized and treated aggressively. Patients may have a good malpractice claim if doctors have ignored or failed to recognize the significance of signs and symptoms. We have substantial experience with a wide range of cancer malpractice cases, including:
- Breast cancer (misread mammograms or failure to take other appropriate diagnostic steps)
- Cervical cancer (misread Pap smears and biopsies)
- Colon cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney (renal cell) cancer
- Liver cancer
Read more about cancer misdiagnosis.
Brain and spinal cord injuries
A variety of negligence in medical practice, from anesthesia errors to malpractice by neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, can lead to terrible injuries to the brain and the spinal cord. Stroke, for example, is a preventable disease all too often, but early signs of stroke, known as transient ischemic attacks, are ignored or misinterpreted by some doctors. Aggressive treatment of stroke in its early stages also can greatly lessen the disability caused by stroke.
Read more about brain injuries and some of our cases.
This is a specialty area of medical malpractice because it involves two federal statutes, the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Military Claims Act. Patients who are treated at military or veterans facilities have the right to the same high quality care as any American at any civilian facility. When those rights are not respected, the government can be held financially liable for the resulting injury and damage. Patients who can bring claims against the government include spouses and children of service personnel, other civilians, and veterans who are no longer on active duty. (The government, however, is immune from suit by any active duty service person.) Typical examples of claims that can be successfully brought include:
- A baby delivered at a military hospital suffers brain damage or nerve damage to an arm due to improper delivery procedures.
- A veteran who gets regular care at a VA facility develops a preventable complication of diabetes, like diabetic blindness, because of failure to give him or her the proper regular testing.
- A spouse of a military service person is injured due to poor hospital or clinic care.
Read more about military malpractice.
Our attorneys have represented many patients and their families against hospitals for serious injury and death. Our goal is to win a fair recovery for our clients and get the hospital to take steps to prevent these mistakes from happening again to others. A sample of our experience:
- Anesthesia errors causing brain damage and death.
- Drug administration errors.
- Nurse neglect of serious complications.
- Laboratory errors.
- Radiology misreadings.
- Mistakes in monitoring of vital signs.
Read more about hospital errors.
The consequences of poorly treated diabetes can be vast: blindness, limb amputation, loss of kidney function, nerve damage, and other bad outcomes. Patrick Malone & Associates has extensive experience representing clients injured by the poor treatment of their diabetes.
Learn more about the standards of medical care in the treatment of diabetes.
Other types of medical negligence and malpractice
We have experience in almost every field of medicine and every major type of disease. Our cases include:
- Anesthesia and anesthesiology
- Angioplasty of the heart
- Bariatric surgery for weight loss
- Blood clot mismanagement leading to fatal pulmonary embolism
- Emergency medicine
- Gynecological surgery
- Heart attack
- Internal Medicine
- Laparoscopic surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Pathologist errors
- Pediatric cardiology
- Pediatric pulmonary medicine
- Prenatal care
- Pulmonary medicine
- Vascular surgery
If you think you or a family member has been seriously injured from medical malpractice or neglect by a doctor, hospital, nurse or other health care provider, contact us for a free no-obligation consultation.