Colorado Medical Malpractice Attorneys – Burg Simpson

Medical Malpractice Overview – Burg Simpson

Are we ever more vulnerable than when we are under anesthesia, completely out cold while a surgeon wields a scalpel over us? Or when we’re suffering from a serious illness, and we place our trust in someone we expect to be a responsible professional? So it’s that much more painful when one of these trusted experts makes a mistake that causes you or a loved one serious harm. Burg Simpson’s Denver medical malpractice lawyers understand how difficult, and expensive, these situations can be.

Broadly speaking, medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional negligently – by action or omission – injures a patient. This negligence can take the form of a mistaken diagnosis, an error in treatment, poor post-treatment care or bungled care management. But not every medical case that ends badly means someone committed malpractice. Even under the best of care and circumstances, sometimes treatments don’t work. Medical malpractice rules can vary wildly by state, including how much money an injured plaintiff can recover. Some states don’t limit damage amounts while others do impose caps. Some states limit certain types of damages. These laws can be tricky to navigate under the best of circumstances.  When you or a family member are suffering in the aftermath of a botched medical procedure, for example, it can be nearly insurmountable. The Colorado medical injury lawyers at Burg Simpson can help.

FACTORS OF A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE

To be considered medical malpractice, according to the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, the claim must include:

  • Violation of the standard of care – The law recognizes that there are established medical standards a profession identifies as being acceptable medical treatment by reasonably prudent health care professionals under like or similar circumstances. This is what’s called “the standard of care.” A patient has the right to expect that all health care professionals will deliver care consistent with that standard. If it is determined that the standard of care hasn’t been met, then negligence may be established.
  • The violation caused an injury – For a medical malpractice claim to be valid, it’s not enough that a health care professional simply violated the standard of care. The patient also must prove he sustained an injury that wouldn’t have occurred in the absence of negligence. An unfavorable outcome by itself isn’t malpractice. The patient must prove that negligence caused the injury. If there’s an injury without negligence or negligence that did not cause an injury, there is no case.
  • The injury resulted in serious damages – Medical malpractice lawsuits are costly. Malpractice litigation often means hours of expert testimony of and dozens of depositions. The patient must show the injury resulted in substantial damage because of medical negligence. To pursue a medical malpractice claim, the patient must show that the injury resulted in disability, lost income, extreme pain, suffering and hardship, or large medical bills.

If you or a family member has suffered from medical negligence, reach out to our Colorado medical malpractice attorneys now to schedule your free initial consultation. We’ll review your medical malpractice claim and help you decide how we can best help you move forward.

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Late one night in September 2013, after days of constant rainfall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation opened the floodgates of Olympus Dam in Larimer County, Colorado. More than 5,000 cubic feet of water per second rushed down the Big Thompson River, destroying several homes along the way. Overall, the flooding that year killed 10 people… Read more »

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

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Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

Temple University unveiled Burg Simpson founder Michael S. Burg’s portrait in its Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame earlier this month. Michael attended the ceremony, where he expressed his concern for the future of the profession. “The framers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence understood the importance of the jury trial and how important… Read more »

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Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

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Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with Reuters this week about the abrupt retirement of Equifax CEO Richard Smith following the credit reporting agency’s massive data breach. “They didn’t do anything to protect the consumers and their information,” Burg told the news service, “Then they attempted to keep people from being able to… Read more »

Surgery Errors– Colorado Medical Lawsuit Attorneys – Burg Simpson

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Surgical Errors Are More Common Than You Think

It is hard to believe that only heart disease and cancer kill more people in this country than medical mistakes. But it is true. Medical errors kill roughly 250,000 Americans annually. Despite that, only 28 states require hospitals to report these fatal errors, making it especially difficult to track these tragedies. The cost of surgical… Read more »

HR 1215 Bill – Colorado Medical Lawsuit Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 August 10, 2017

Legislation Threatens Medical Malpractice Victims

While Congress distracted the country with the drama of a failed Affordable Care Act repeal vote, lawmakers quietly – and barely – passed HR 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” on June 28. The bill makes it much harder for victims of medical malpractice to hold health care providers responsible for their… Read more »

Drive Safe – Denver Medical Malpractice Attorneys – Burg Simpson

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Lawmakers Revisit Medical Malpractice Caps

The specter of non-economic damage caps have haunted medical malpractice victims – and the attorneys who fight for them – since the 1970s. But its hasn’t seen this level of renewed interest since former President George W. Bush proposed a nationwide cap on medical malpractice awards in 2003. Just before the July 4th recess, the… Read more »

Birth Injury – Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyers – Burg Simpson

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A Perfect Storm for Birth Injury — When Staff is Too Busy to Care

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Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

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A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

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CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

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Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

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