When you are not feeling well, you trust doctors and other medical professionals to correctly diagnose what’s wrong with you and prescribe a course of treatment that will allow you to get back to you family, job, and hobbies with minimum stress and suffering. When a serious medical error occurs, however, the outcome can be something else altogether. If a medical mistake crosses the line to medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you suffer or for a relative’s wrongful death. A recent study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that medical errors account for the third leading cause of deaths in the United States – over 250,000 deaths a year.
If you or a close relative has suffered harm from negligent medical care in North Carolina, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Warren & Kallianos today. With over 52 years of combined legal practice, our medical malpractice lawyers have negotiated and won millions of dollars in compensation for victims of negligent medical errors. The success we have achieved for our clients has led to us being named to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers Association. We are also proud to be recognized among the Best Lawyers in America and as Super Lawyers.
To get started on your medical malpractice case, call us or use our online inquiry form to schedule a free and confidential consultation about your legal rights and options.
How our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Charlotte Will Fight for You
Medical professionals make mistakes. Not all mistakes, however, cause an injury or rise to the level of medical malpractice. To be considered “malpractice,” a mistake must fall below the standard of care that a typical medical professional would provide to a typical patient in a similar situation.
Doctors and other healthcare providers have a duty to provide treatment that meets or exceeds the standard of care. When they fail in this duty and a patient is injured as a result, the patient may have a claim for medical malpractice.
At Warren & Kallianos, our attorneys are dedicated to pursuing compensation and fighting for justice for those who have been injured due to medical malpractice. We are ready to thoroughly investigate your case to determine how your injury occurred and who is responsible. Our investigations frequently uncover negligent errors such as:
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis. Getting the right treatment starts with getting a timely diagnosis that accurately identifies the condition you have. When a condition is missed or you are not told you have it, treatment is delayed, which may make your condition more serious and less easily treated once it is caught. If you are given the wrong diagnosis, you may also receive unnecessary or ineffective treatment that causes harm. Our attorneys can aggressively pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result of a missed or an incorrect diagnosis.
- Medication Errors. Medication errors can occur at many points during the process of prescribing and dispensing medication. A doctor may write the wrong prescription or write it for the wrong dose. A pharmacist may make a mistake in dispensing the prescription, or a nurse may make a mistake in administering the medicine. Medication errors can cause serious injury or even death.
- Surgical Errors. Often referred to as “never events” because they should never occur, serious mistakes often happen in the operating room. Examples include errors during surgery that cause harm to other organs or body parts, operating on the wrong patient, operating on the wrong body part of a patient (for example, performing surgery on the left knee instead of the right knee), or leaving surgical tools and equipment inside the patient’s body. Recovery room and nursing staff may also fail to provide proper care after the surgery, which can result in serious infection or other harm.
- Errors in the ER. Hospital emergency rooms are often where a critically ill patient first encounters the healthcare system. Medical professionals who perform hasty examinations or fail to communicate clearly with each other can cause errors in diagnosis, treatment or laboratory tests, for example. Some seriously ill patients are mistakenly discharged when they should have been admitted to the hospital for treatment.
- Communication and Charting Errors. Even a seemingly small mistake, such as transposing a patient’s birth date or recording an incorrect weight, can have serious implications. When information such as patient allergies or medications taken are not included in the patient’s chart, any healthcare provider who relies on the chart’s information runs the risk of causing serious harm. Problems may also arise when lab results are improperly communicated. Charting and information errors account for a significant number of the medical mistakes that occur in North Carolina and throughout the United States every year.
- Anesthesia Errors. Though it is a requirement in many surgeries, anesthesia requires proper administration and careful monitoring to prevent patient harm. Potential mistakes include failing to review the patient’s medical history for possible complications, failing to document the patient’s allergies to certain medications, and failing to inform the patient of the need to follow certain pre-operative practices and the risks involved in not doing so. Other common anesthesia errors include administering too much anesthesia or not monitoring vital signs while the patient is “under.”
- Infections. The risk of infection is a constant source of concern in hospitals and other medical settings. When procedures are not carried out with meticulous attention to cleanliness, infections can result – and they can be life-threatening. Among the most common types of infections found in hospital settings include urinary tract infections from catheter placement and infections of surgical sites and entry sites from central lines inserted in the body to help administer medication.
Choosing the Right Medical Negligence Lawyer for You
Medical care is complex, but many medical errors and the injuries they cause could have been prevented if providers had followed proper procedures. If you believe that you or a close family member has been a victim of medical negligence, how can you choose the right lawyer to protect your legal rights while fighting for the compensation you deserve? Consider the following:
First, it’s important to remember that medical negligence cases are often hotly contested and very complex due to the high stakes. At Warren & Kallianos, our attorneys have the skill, knowledge and resources to handle these difficult cases. In the most complicated situations, you will need more than one attorney to work on your case. Attorneys Chris Kallianos and Jeff Warren have worked together for decades, building a Charlotte law firm that is recognized for helping clients succeed on a variety of medical malpractice claims. We have also assembled a group of respected medical experts who assist in reviewing medical records and providing expert analysis of the patient’s treatment.
Second, bear in mind that your damages in a medical malpractice case are often more than just what you have suffered with so far. Our client-focused North Carolina medical malpractice lawyers often work with economic experts to calculate the costs of a patient’s current and future needs, including medical care, rehabilitation, in-home assistance, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you have experienced and will continue to face. We will build a case with full and fair compensation in mind.
We have helped victims in a wide variety of medical negligence cases including, among others:
- Failure to properly intubate a patient resulting in severe brain injury and death
- Surgical error resulting in loss of sole functioning kidney, resulting in death
- Failure to diagnose and promptly treat a detached retina resulting in blindness
- Hospital-induced infection resulting in death
- Failure to diagnose and treat a pulmonary embolism resulting in death
- Medication errors resulting in severe injury and death
- Lack of supervision resulting in fall and fractures leading to severe injury and death
- Failure to provide proper nutrition and hydration resulting in death
- Failure to prevent and properly treat bed sores resulting in death
- Failure to remove foreign objects after surgery resulting in severe injury and death
- Failure to diagnose and treat heart blockage resulting in death
When Winning Means Everything, the Lawyers You Choose Will Make the Difference
* Attorneys Jeff Warren and Chris Kallianos have represented numerous clients in medical malpractice cases, including:
- $2,500,000 settlement for a client whose wife suffered a severe and fatal brain injury when a doctor failed to intubate her properly.
- $1,675,000 settlement for a client who suffered catastrophic injuries due to a delayed diagnosis of lymphoma.
- $1,500,000 settlement for a client whose infant died due to the negligent removal of the child’s sole functioning kidney.
- $1,225,000 settlement for a client whose abscessed tooth infection spread to her brain when the nursing home staff and treating physicians failed to properly treat this condition.
At Warren & Kallianos, we strive to secure maximum compensation for our clients in medical malpractice cases.When you work with our firm, you work directly with one or both of our attorneys as we gather evidence, talk to witnesses, consult with medical and other experts, and prepare to argue on your behalf in settlement negotiations and, if needed, at trial.
Contact us today to discuss your situation in a free and confidential case review.
*The verdicts and settlements set forth below were obtained by our law firm from 1992 to the present. In most cases, liability and/or damages were contested, the adverse parties were represented by counsel, and the matters involved complex factual and/or legal issues. All verdicts obtained were collected. These cases are illustrative of the matters handled by our firm and not all case results are provided. The case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case. Please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.