Birmingham, AL Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Every year, thousands of patients across the city of Birmingham wrongfully die from medical mistakes, or suffer from misdiagnosed conditions and other preventable medical errors. Tens of thousands are injured and far too many die from unnecessary surgeries, medication errors, nursing mistakes, and the failure to diagnose and properly treat medical conditions.
What is medical malpractice?
Every health care professional must perform their duties within the applicable “standard of care” in the industry. When these medical “standards” are not followed by the health care provider, it is known as Medical Malpractice or Med Mal. Under Alabama law, Medical Malpractice occurs when one is injured by a health care provider’s failure to exercise the acceptable degree of care and skill that a professional of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances.
Why is it so difficult to find a medical malpractice attorney in Birmingham?
Despite the alarming national statistics, the medical association and its powerful lobbying efforts, through the use of scare tactics and misinformation, have succeeded in getting enacted Alabama’s Medical Liability Act. Although it has always been burdensome for an injured patient to win a malpractice case against a doctor in Alabama, the sweeping “reforms” that have been enacted have made it even more difficult for legitimately injured patients to recover.
Unfortunately, these so-called “tort reforms” actually serve to protect “bad doctors” – not good doctors – and they serve to punish those who have been legitimately injured through no fault of their own.
How do I find a medical malpractice attorney in Birmingham?
At Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, our team of attorneys represent individuals who have suffered catastrophic, often fatal injuries from the negligence of a hospital, physician, nurse practitioner, or other health care provider. Please understand that “catastrophic” injuries are used to describe only the most severe, such as a debilitating birth injury, improper operation resulting in a life long disability, or an oversight when screening for cancer.
Based on our experience, we know that injuries or death may arise from a primary care doctor’s failure to diagnose diseases or medical conditions, such as cancer, or their failure to refer patients to appropriate medical specialists. We know that far too many babies die or are permanently injured due to medical malpractice. We also see too many patients being sent home from the emergency room with inadequate treatment, only to later die at their homes.
How do I know if it is malpractice?
Based on our experience, our attorneys understand that not every bad result means someone is guilty of malpractice. We are adept at analyzing potential medical malpractice cases. We can simplify complex medical issues. We can identify and aggressively pursue legal remedies. Where appropriate, our attorneys will consult with medical experts and then let you know whether we believe that we can recover compensation on your behalf.
If you or someone you know was the victim of medical malpractice, contact the Birmingham medical malpractice attorneys of Pittman, Dutton & Hellums today.
Our office is centrally located in Birmingham, Alabama, right next to the Jefferson County courthouse. We have represented clients in every county in Alabama.