No one ever wants to file a medical malpractice suit. In the case of any emergency or routine care, we would all love to think that we are in good hands with our physicians and surgeons. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Whether willfully or not, medical professionals sometimes act negligently and are subject to medical malpractice claims. A tragic case here in Las Vegas highlights what can happen and how a personal injury lawyer can help.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Connie Mulick, wife of the late Edward Mulick, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the urologist who treated her husband before his death.
According to Mrs. Mulick’s suit, Edward Mulick was under Doctor’s care in the emergency room at St. Rose Dominican Hospital and that, during care, “several catheters” were used. Then, later, a perforation was found in his bladder – presumably caused by a catheter. The cause of death was ruled as being due to complications associated with the bladder perforation, and Mrs. Mulick’s suit places blame for this squarely on the Doctor.
And this is not the first time the urologist has been under scrutiny for medical malpractice. Before the current suit against him, the Doctor briefly had his medical license suspended because he had been reusing single-use needle guides without concern for warning labels and without informing his patients that he was not using new needle guides.
What to Do in the Case of Medical Malpractice
If you suspect that you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, your first step should be to call a qualified personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas. Consulting with experts in the laws pertaining to these cases will set you in good stead to get the compensation that you deserve.
That said, though it may be obvious to you – as it likely is obvious to Mrs. Mulick – that a medical professional acted negligently, this is a tort law case, and thus the burden of proving negligence is on you. You must be able to prove that the physician, surgeon, or other medical professional in charge of your loved one showed negligence, and that often means gathering evidence as quickly as possible.
In the case of medical malpractice suits, that evidence may be scarring or side effects after a procedure. It may also be found in the documents and reports pertaining to the patient’s care leading up to death, as in Edward Mulick’s case. In any case, though, a good Las Vegas personal injury attorney can counsel you on the proper steps to take to get compensation for medical bills, funeral bills, loss of wages, and/or pain and suffering.
Settling Out of Court
On that note, not all medical malpractice cases will go to court. Often, the insurance company for the hospital or clinic where you or your loved one was treated will offer to settle with you to avoid further costs and court fees. With the right personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas, you’ll be more likely to come to a settlement agreement that is fair to you and gets you the compensation you deserve.
If you have questions about medical malpractice and/or personal injury law, call a qualified attorney in Las Vegas today for a consultation.