Wisconsin Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice is brought against a health care professional when something they do or fail to do results in harm to the patient under their care. Negligence by a medical professional can include a misdiagnosis, an error in treatment or an error in illness management.
Medical malpractice cases can be brought against a doctor, nurse, aide, hospital or local, state or federal agencies operating the hospital facilities. When a mistake by a health care provider causes an injury or death to a patient, the patient or their family may be able to seek damages.
In Wisconsin, special laws apply only to medical malpractice claims. They include special filings and filing deadlines as well as limits on legal fees and the rights of patients to recover damages.
Medical malpractice lawsuits were designed so patients had a way to gain compensation when injured as a result of negligence or a wrongful action by a medical professional. They are costly to pursue though, and can change frequently. Expert opinions are required in order for the injured person to proceed forward with a medical malpractice claim.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of possible medical malpractice, contact the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Cannon & Dunphy S.C. today. We hold most of the records in Wisconsin for paid medical malpractice verdicts and recoveries, including the largest medical malpractice verdict obtained ($35.3 million in Elkhorn, WI), the second-largest paid medical malpractice judgment ($25.24 million in Milwaukee, WI). It won’t cost you any more to hire great lawyers.
Special Cases of Medical Malpractice: Fetal Cerebral Palsy
Sometimes, failure to perform a caesarean section (C-section) in a timely fashion or to identify a C-section is needed, can cause various levels of brain injury and damage to an unborn baby.
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, which occurs when the fetus has decreased blood flow from the placenta and decreased oxygen levels, is known to cause cerebral palsy if the fetus is not delivered in a timely fashion.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has set forth criteria on the relationship between the events occurring before birth (i.e.: hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy) and cerebral palsy:
- A blood pH of less than 7;
- A hypoxic event occurring immediately before delivery;
- Sustained fetal bradycardia or the absence of variability in the presence of persistent late decelerations or persistent variable declarations;
- Apgar scores of 0-3 after the first 5 minutes on the baby’s life outside the womb;
- Onset of multisystem involvement within 72 hours of birth;
- Early radiographic (i.e.: head ultrasound or CT scan) evidence of brain damage.
A cerebral palsy brain injury caused by ischemia before birth should always be investigated by an experienced medical malpractice trial attorney.
Contact Our Milwaukee Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your child developed cerebral palsy and you believe it may be due to a medical mistake or you think you may have a medical malpractice case, contact our offices today.
Your best step is to begin with a free initial consultation with the experienced lawyers at Cannon & Dunphy S.C. to determine if you have a strong case.