Medical malpractice is common and can be devastating to those who suffer from the negligent acts of their doctors. There is a high degree of trust that a patient places with their doctor, and it is expected that doctors help the patient rather than harm them.
There are certain conditions that must exist to prove a medical malpractice claim. You must be able to prove that the doctor caused you harm in a manner that another doctor, under the same circumstances, would not have. There must be a breach of the standard of care that is expected of doctors by the medical community. You must also prove that the doctor’s negligence caused the injury. This can be difficult to prove when the patient was already sick or injured when the doctor began their treatment of the patient. In Iowa, to bring a medical malpractice claim, you will most likely need a medical expert to testify that the doctor’s negligence caused the injury. Last, the injury led to specific damages. This could include death, permanent impairment, physical pain, mental anguish, additional medical bills, or lost work.
Under Iowa law, it is required that all medical malpractice cases are brought to court no later than two years after the medical error. However, there are exceptions for claims that could not have been discovered within two years, and for cases involving injuries to children.
If you have suffered from a medical malpractice injury, contact us today. We will review your case free of charge and let you know if you have a case that can be successful. If your case is viable, we will work hard to see that you receive all of the financial compensation that the law will allow.