Medical & Nursing Home Malpractice
We don't expect perfection, but we do expect accountability. Medical professionals in all settings owe patients a duty to meet standards that, unfortunately, they don't always achieve.
You deserve to be heard.
When you or a loved one has suffered an unexpected injury during medical treatment or in a nursing home, negligence may be a cause. A bad outcome doesn't mean a medical provider was negligent; every procedure comes with accepted and known risks, including errors. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to meet the applicable "standard of care," which, put simply, is the care that a doctor in the same or similar specialty with similar training and experience would provide under the circumstances.
The North Carolina General Assembly has made bringing a successful malpractice claim very difficult. Our laws offer medical professionals a great many protections from liability that no other persons enjoy. Partly because the odds are stacked in their favor, physicians and their insurance companies can be counted on to deny liability across the board and make the cost of litigating even the clearest cases of negligence unnecessarily expensive endeavors.
Those are all important reasons to choose attorneys with experience trying malpractice cases, not just settling them. Our attorneys have successfully litigated many malpractice cases involving serious injury and death. Skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and urgent care centers also may share liability for their staffing, policy, and equipment decisions. It's unfortunate but true that no one, not even a doctor, nurse, or physician's assistant in whose hands patients have placed their very lives, is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes, but when errors reach the level of medical negligence, no patient has willingly assumed the risks to life and limb that may result.
No amount of money can compensate for such losses, but our system of justice only provides for that measure of accountability when a medical professional, hospital, or nursing home fails to meet the duties they owe to their patients. The malpractice attorneys at Reiss & Nutt can often quickly assess a potential case for its merit; others may require study of the medical records and literature. Before any case can be filed, it must undergo expert review and approval - a requirement of state law.
But when you suspect medical negligence caused serious injury or death, one thing you can count on is that we will hear your concerns and take them seriously.