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Is Medical Malpractice the Cause of Your Injury?

medical Injury LawyersMedical negligence occurs when a medical provider does not meet the standard of care established by the medical community. The healthcare provider may be held responsible if they do not provide the appropriate level of care and a person suffers personal injury or death.

Our firm represents individuals and families who are victims of medical malpractice. 

We carefully investigate and research each claim to determine whether there is a viable medical malpractice case under the law. If so, we also hire expert witnesses to determine the cause and full physical impact of an injury.

Our attorneys have experience handling cases involving:

  • Birth injuries and pregnancy complications
  • Brain injuries
  • Emergency room treatment
  • Medication errors, prescription errors, and pharmacy errors
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Nursing mistakes
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Surgical errors and complications
  • Dialysis-related injuries or death
  • Hospital malpractice

If you, or someone you love, have suffered an injury from medical malpractice, please get in touch with the attorneys at Timberlake & League to set up a FREE consultation and discuss your legal options. 

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What should I do if I or a loved one have suffered from medical malpractice?

If you suspect that you or a loved one have been injured by a medical provider, the first thing you need to do is collect the documents that will prove what happened.  As a patient, you have a right to copies of your medical records.  Get copies of the medical records from the medical provider who caused the harm, and from any medical providers who had to provide subsequent treatment for what went wrong.  If a death has occurred, make sure to also get a copy of the death certificate.  Then contact our office to talk to one of our attorneys for free and learn your rights.

What kind of cases fall under Alabama’s medical malpractice laws?

Any case brought by a patient against a medical provider involving a harm that occurred during the provider-patient relationship is governed by Alabama’s medical malpractice laws. This can include cases against a doctor, nurse, hospital, nursing home, pharmacy, or ambulance. 

In addition, any type of harm, whether it is from a bad surgery, failing to treat a wound or injury, giving the wrong prescription medicine or drug, allowing a patient to fall, or even physical abuse or sexual abuse, are all considered medical malpractice cases in Alabama.  

How much time do I have to bring a case against a doctor, hospital, or nursing home?

Alabama has a two-year statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases.  This means that a claim by a patient against a medical provider must be either settled, or a lawsuit filed, no later than two years from the date of injury.  Under certain rare circumstances, such as when evidence of the malpractice was hidden or lied about, this deadline can be extended out to four years from the date of the injury.

If I have no health insurance, how can I get medical treatment?

If you do not have and cannot afford insurance, you may be able to seek assistance for primary care at your local health department. If you are without health insurance and need to make a visit to the emergency room or a primary care physician, you will be responsible for paying all costs for treatment. 

Why did the hospital send me a lien?

A hospital may send a lien notice if you do not have insurance or if it chooses not to file with your health insurance provider.  The lien allows the hospital to recover full payment of your total hospital charges from any judgment or settlement you receive from the party that caused your injuries.  However, they aren’t always able to file a lien if you have insurance.  If you have insurance, the hospital may be contractually required to file with your healthcare insurance and accept payment from the insurance company as full satisfaction of the charges.

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