Medical Malpractice at The Lanier Law Firm
When patients seek medical care, they deserve treatment that meets or exceeds the standard of care for the medical profession. Unfortunately, in many cases just the opposite occurs.
Because of human error as well as systemic problems, between 44,000 and 98,000 people are killed each year by medical errors in hospitals, according to the National Academies of Sciences. That is more than the number of people who die from car accidents, breast cancer or AIDS. Deaths from medication errors that take place both in and out of hospitals – more than 7,000 annually – exceed those from workplace injuries.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other health care provider deviates from the standard of care. This means that they did not provide the type of care that other members of the profession would have under the same or similar circumstances.
Our lawyers have decades of experience representing patients and their family members in cases arising from medical malpractice. Because of our zealous representation, we have obtained substantial recoveries on behalf of those who have been catastrophically injured or killed due to medical negligence.
Some of our attorneys have the added advantage of having defended physicians in medical malpractice cases, allowing them to anticipate and combat the other side’s defenses.
The Lanier Law Firm has handled cases involving infants who have sustained birth injuries, specifically Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy, as well as patients whose physicians have failed to diagnose cancer and cases of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Our attorneys have obtained successful verdicts against hospitals and doctors in a variety of contexts including:
- On behalf of a client when a physician failed to diagnosis an infant’s fractured skull after the child was dropped. The infant subsequently died of bacterial meningitis;
- For an elderly patient in a case where the hospital allowed a patient to fall from her bed and rupture the ocular globe of her one functioning eye;
- On behalf of a patient who was sexually assaulted by a hospital employee.
In addition to verdicts, our firm has obtained substantial settlements in a variety of medical malpractice cases including:
- For the family of an infant who suffered brain injury from hypernatremia after receiving hypertonic solutions;
- On behalf of a client who was given the wrong medication by a pharmacist and suffered hypoglycemic shock resulting in months of hospitalization;
- On behalf of a surgical patient who became paralyzed when the doctor and hospital took no effective action to drain the blood that began pooling at the base of our client’s spine during surgery.