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When you see a doctor for a routine medical examination or to treat an injury or illness, you expect that professional to use the highest standards of care and competence throughout your treatment. If problems arise due to improper care, surgical errors or medication mistakes, the outcome can be devastating for you and your family. Medical malpractice laws in Rhode Island are designed to protect patients from these potentially life-changing occurrences and provide a path to pursue legal compensation when the unthinkable happens.

If you have suffered illness or injury as a result of improper or incompetent medical care, don’t try to go up against the healthcare industry on your own. Attorney Stephen Archambault has extensive experience handling these types of personal injury cases in Rhode Island and offers the highest level of legal representation to ensure you receive all the legal compensation you are entitled to under the law. Our team will stand by you throughout the process to ensure you can focus on healing from your illness or injuries caused by the improper care of a medical professional.

Types of Medical Malpractice

There are a variety of ways in which medical malpractice might occur. Some of the most common examples include:

  • Missed, delayed or incorrect diagnosis
  • Errors in prescribing or dispensing medications
  • Mistakes in the emergency room
  • Operating room errors
  • Anesthesia mistakes
  • Errors during labor of delivery, resulting in birth injuries
  • Negligence in a hospital or nursing home setting

While some medical errors do not result in severe injuries, others can lead to serious illness, injury and even death. These life-changing events can be challenging enough, but when you face financial strain as a result of loss of wages, medical expenses and other losses, the experience becomes even more difficult for victims and their families. Under Rhode Island law, victims of medical malpractice are entitled to compensation from those responsible for the injuries. The team and Archambault Law will work diligently to ensure you receive all of the compensation you are legally entitled to have.

The Facts about Wrongful Death

When the unthinkable happens, and a family member dies at the hands of an incompetent or negligent health care provider, the family is left to pick up the pieces. Rhode Island law states that family members of victims are entitled to receive the same compensation the victim would have received if the person had survived. This compensation might include medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and lost earning capacity, and loss of consortium.

Consequences of Medical Malpractice

Even if the victim of medical malpractice survives, the consequences of the illness or injury can be both far-reaching and long-lasting. Many of the victims we represent have suffered the following:

  • Brain or spinal cord injuries
  • Advanced cancer (due to diagnosis errors)
  • Increased cardiac risk
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Reduced or complete loss of vision
  • Pregnancy and birth injuries

Injuries due to medical malpractice can make it difficult for victims to work or care for their families. In some cases, these consequences result in lifelong struggles and added expenses to care for the injured individual. While legal compensation cannot reverse what has occurred, it can ease some of the financial burdens, allowing the victim and their family to concentrate on the ongoing needs of the injured and adapt to life after the injury.

Making a Medical Malpractice Case in Rhode Island

When making a medical malpractice case, the victim has the onus of showing the injuries are valid, and they were the direct result of incompetent or negligent care by a health care provider. Victims will also be required to prove that the medical services and treatment provided did not live up to the standards of care under Rhode Island law. Finally, victims must show evidence that the injuries suffered were severe and that quality of life has been affected as a result. When these points are successfully argued, victims of medical malpractice might be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Fees for medical treatment
  • Loss of wages while the victim was unable to work
  • Loss of earning capacity if victim will be unable to work in the future
  • Pain and suffering as a result of the injuries
  • Permanent scarring, disfigurement or impairment
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of companionship and consortium (alleged by family members)

While there are many types of compensation you might be entitled to receive, the complexities of medical malpractice cases make them very difficult for victims to handle on their own. An experienced legal team, like the staff at Archambault Law knows just how to collect the testimony and evidence necessary to win a medical malpractice case and pursue every dollar of compensation owed to their victims. To get your free case review and the opportunity to ask questions related to your case, contact Archambault Law today at 401-231-9700.

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