Las Cruces Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical Malpractice Lawyer Proudly Serving Las Cruces, NM
Plainly put, medical malpractice is when a preventable error made by a healthcare professional and/or facility causes harm to a patient that leads to injury or death. Many of these cases involve medical error, misdiagnosis and error in medicine dosage. No person should have to incur injury due to preventable medical mistakes. Over the years, our firm has seen medical errors that have caused a person’s death. If you or someone in your family has been killed or injured due to this type of negligence, contact Las Cruces Medical Malpractice Lawyer Joe Lopez for a free consultation.
According to the nonprofit organization Leapfrog Group, medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in America. This is startling and according to Journal of Patient Safety, up to 440,000 people die yearly due to preventable errors in medical facilities. Hospitals are meant to be a place where one can have the serenity to heal. If someone is immensely ill or hurt, we expect our expertly trained medical professionals to provide competent care.
The main causes of medical malpractice are delayed diagnosis, failure to diagnose, anesthesia dosing errors, surgical errors, hospital infections, postoperative infections, medication errors, injuries to children at birth and injuries to the mother while giving birth and many others. Injuries and death related to diagnosis allot for 33% of the accusations for medical malpractice in 2012. Not too far behind were surgery related injuries and deaths which made up for 24% of medical malpractice allegations. The highest percentage of malpractice claims were related to diagnosis failure, comprising 20% of all payouts. Las Cruces Personal Injury Attorney, Joe Lopez knows how to help you with these claims.
Medical Malpractice Laws In New Mexico
Any time a crime occurs, the prosecutors who file the crime follow the state criminal statute of limitations.. The statute of limitations is the amount of time one has to file a lawsuit against another party. The time limit on how long prosecutors have New Mexico to file charges is dependent on the type of charges. For example, a misdemeanor is 2yrs and 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree felonies range from 3yrs-6yrs. Being that there are strict limitations upon harmed patients, it’s important to consult with our Las Cruces Medical Malpractice Attorney as soon as possible.
Damages are monetary awards to compensate you for your injuries. Therefore, in all medical malpractice cases, we ask for money to compensate you for your damages. There are economic damages which reimburse you for your past and future medical expenses and lost wages from work. There can also be non-economic damages, which are intangible in nature, such as pain and suffering.
Why Do You Need a Las Cruces Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
When a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient, you need to seek the knowledge of a Las Cruces Medical Malpractice attorney right away. Joe Lopez has the experience to guide you through the laws that pertain to this practice area and he will fight for you all the way until the end. Contact him today, (512) 580-9962.