Medical Malpractice Claims
A recent study found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in over 250,000 deaths per year. A medical malpractice claim seeks to hold a medical provider legally responsible when a medical error caused by a failure to meet minimum care standards (the "standard of care") results in injury or death.
Medical malpractice claims are difficult. Even the best medical care can be unsuccessful at saving a life, or preventing a poor outcome, and careful evaluation is necessary to distinguish bad luck from bad medicine. These cases are also expensive and time-consuming, a challenge compounded by tort reform laws in Alaska, some of the most restrictive in the country, which limit the damages that can be recovered on behalf of the injured party or their loved ones.
At Choate Law Firm, we work with medical experts to evaluate whether a potential medical malpractice claim has legal merit. Because these claims are difficult, we only bring cases where we believe there has been a clear failure to meet minimum care standards and that failure has resulted in significant and lasting harm. While, as a result, we cannot take the majority of medical malpractice cases about which we are contacted, when we do take a case, we are able to give it the attention, dedication, and resources it deserves.
If you have questions about a potential medical malpractice claim, please contact us today.