Black, Black and Black handles a multitude of cases involving medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. Our decades of trial experience ensure the highest level of representation. We regularly consult and hire leading experts to assist us in preparing our cases.
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Hospitals are responsible for the care and treatment of the sick and injured. Mistakes on the part of hospital staff can have dire consequences. Doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, and hospital administrators can all make mistakes that directly affect patients. Even if the mistake was made by a single individual, the hospital may bear liability for the wrongdoing of its employee. If you or a loved one has been injured by a hospital mistake, please contact us today.
Hospital negligence can range from providing care that is subpar to maintaining unclean or dangerous facilities. For example, a nurse or doctor may provide negligent care for a patient by failing to obtain a medical history, order appropriate tests, or deliver necessary care. Other hospital personnel might be negligent by failing to properly sanitize medical equipment or properly prevent people’s exposure to hazardous materials. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, we can help. Please contact us today.
There are inherent risks in any surgical procedure, but in cases of medical negligence, a patient is harmed specifically because of a surgeon’s mistake. Surgical injuries may include: operating on the wrong side or area of the body, performing a procedure incorrectly, not taking a patient’s health history into consideration when choosing to perform a procedure, using improper equipment, and even leaving surgical instruments inside a patient. If you or a loved one have been injured during surgery because of medical malpractice, please contact us today.
One of the most deadly and widespread diseases of all, cancer is always serious. However, for most types of cancer, the earlier a diagnosis is made, the greater the patient’s chances of successful treatment and survival. The misdiagnosis of cancer is a serious form of malpractice, because it delays treatment and potentially allows the patient’s cancer time to spread. Unfortunately, physicians sometimes fail to order appropriate tests or misread their results. They may misdiagnose a lump or tumor as benign when it is in fact malignant. If you or a loved one has received an incorrect cancer diagnosis, we can help. Please contact us today.
Medical professionals are meant to provide care and healing, but in cases of medical malpractice the opposite occurs. When a doctor makes an incorrect diagnosis, fails to treat a patient’s condition promptly, issues a wrong prescription, or neglects to administer appropriate care, the patient may suffer serious injury. The victim and his or her family may be overwhelmed with medical bills and other costs. In cases of permanent disability, the victim may never be able to work again. In addition, victims and their families often endure lasting emotional pain and suffering. If you or a loved one is the victim of medical negligence, we can help. Please contact us today.
Birth trauma refers to a collection of injuries that can occur just before, during, or immediately following birth. Birth trauma injuries include cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, and brain damage. Birth trauma can occur when the flow of blood (and thus of oxygen) is inhibited during birth. When this occurs, the attending physician must act quickly to prevent permanent injury. Special techniques or a caesarian may be necessary. When the physician fails to act appropriately during a birth trauma situation, he or she may be guilty of medical negligence. Because the results of birth trauma injuries are often devastating to families both emotionally and financially, the law seeks to protect victims. If your child has been the victim of a birth trauma injury, we can help. Our attorneys have advanced medical as well as legal training that may help you in your case. Please contact us today for more information.
Medication errors can occur in several different ways. A patient may be given a prescription inappropriate to his or her condition. The pharmacist may inadvertently give the patient a medication other than the one prescribed. Doctors may prescribe inappropriate dosages or combinations of medications. At many steps, a patient’s history of medication allergies or health problems may fail to be obtained. Medications might be accidentally switched between two patients. In any of these cases of medication error, medical malpractice may be at fault. Please contact us today to learn more.
Losing a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences, and when that death came about because of someone’s negligent or wrongful behavior, pain is often redoubled. A drunk driver who kills a pedestrian, a surgeon whose negligence costs a patient her life, a manufacturer whose failure to check his product’s safety leads to a consumer death — these are some examples of wrongful death cases. If you have lost a loved one due to the fault of another person or group, our firm can help you receive compensation. Please contact us today.
A specific medication may be improper for a particular patient for any number of reasons. The medication in question is not intended to treat the condition the patient has. The patient has previously been found to have an allergy to the medicine. The patient has a medical condition (such as congestive heart failure or liver problems) that should preclude them from using the medicine. Or, the patient is taking another medication that should not be taken in combination with the medicine in question.
Like other diagnostic tools, X-rays are used to identify health problems such as broken bones and lung disease. If an X-ray is not taken or read properly, serious conditions may be missed and proper treatment delayed or never administered. If an X-ray technician or physician makes a mistake, that person (and possibly their hospital) may be legally liable for any harm that befalls the patient as a result. Please contact us today to learn more.
Blood transfusions take healthy blood (or blood components) from a donor and give them to a patient who needs them. Blood transfusions are used to a treat a number of conditions, including emergency situations in which the patient has lost a large amount of his or her own blood. Blood transfusions may also be used for people with sickle-cell diseases, for infants with Rh incompatibility, or for the treatment of other blood-related illnesses. Doctors are responsible for ensuring that blood transfusions are performed correctly and safely. Before a patient can receive donated blood, the blood type must be carefully assessed to make sure it is a match. In addition, donated blood must be carefully screened for disease. Unfortunately, there have been cases in which a person contracts AIDs or another illness from transfused blood. If you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of a blood transfusion, we can help. Please contact us today.
Losing a limb is one of the most traumatic injuries that can occur due to accident or disease. An unnecessary amputation is something that can never be made up for. Unfortunately, mistakes and negligence do occur. A doctor may amputate the wrong limb or may perform an amputation when other means might have been able to save the limb. Because of the serious, irreparable consequences of negligent amputation, the law holds liable surgeons who make such a horrific error. Please contact today if you or a loved one has been the victim of negligent amputation.
Nursery Home Negligence
If you or your parents or grandparents are in a nursing home, it’s probably because you associate such facilities with care and attentiveness. That’s why nursing home negligence is such a serious problem. Many of the patients who reside in nursing homes are unable to communicate instances of abuse or neglect because of physical or mental disabilities or simply because they have no one to tell. Nursing home negligence can be very serious, causing significant health problems and even death among victims. Examples of nursing home negligence include: failing to provide adequate food or water, failing to provide appropriate hygienic care, overmedicating patients, using physical restraints unnecessarily, and physically or sexually abusing residents. If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence, it’s important that you seek help both for your own situation and for the other residents.
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Emergency Room Negligence
Hospital emergency rooms are places where life and death often hang in the balance. Appropriate and timely responses by the emergency room staff are critical to the survival of many victims who arrive at the ER. Negligence in diagnosis and treatment in the ER can mean serious harm, permanent disability, or death for patients. Despite the rapid pace in most emergency rooms, mistakes cannot be tolerated because their cost is so high. If you or a loved one have been the victim of emergency room negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Please contact us today.
Failure to Diagnose
No ailment can be properly treated unless it is first identified. Diagnosis is the first and, arguably, the most important step in treatment. Unfortunately, the failure to diagnose a condition, be it cancer or high cholesterol, occurs too frequently. When the problem is finally determined, it may be too late for proper intervention. The failure to diagnose a condition is a form of medical negligence. If you or a loved one has a condition that was improperly diagnosed, we can help. Please contact us today.
Defective Medical Devices
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the safety of medical products and devices. Those who manufacture and sell medical products and devices must ensure that their products do not harm the patients. In the past, products such as Sulzer hip and knee implants and Baxter dialysis filters have come under fire for injuring consumers. If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective medical product or device, please contact us today.