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Lawyers For People Hurt By Medical Negligence

We trust our doctors and health care providers with our lives. When a physician misses a diagnosis, a surgeon makes a critical error, a hospital administers the wrong medication or your baby is born with an injury, that trust can be broken forever. If the medical mistake results in a serious injury or death, it may not ever be possible to overcome the sense of injustice.

Carter Law Offices, P.C., in Des Moines and Omaha, has been a trusted personal injury litigation firm for more than 25 years. We are a respected part of our legal community and have a strong record of representing clients in complex cases of medical malpractice, misconduct and negligence.

We have won significant settlements and jury awards in medical malpractice cases. Many law firms throughout Iowa refer their medical negligence cases to us because of our professional skill and capacity to stick with these cases and continue to fight for a favorable outcome for our clients.

If you think you suffered a serious medical injury or lost a loved one due to an error or misdiagnosis by a licensed health care professional or facility in Iowa, turn to us for help. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and explain your legal options if we feel you have a valid case for filing a lawsuit for damages.

We represent clients in any type of litigation case related to medical negligence, including cases involving:

  • Surgeon and anesthesiologist errors
  • Birth injuries to the mother or baby
  • Prescription errors
  • Misdiagnosis or improper treatment of cancer or other life-threatening condition
  • Hospital negligence or clinic record errors
  • Hospital infections
  • Inadequate follow up
  • Nursing home injuries

Holding A Medical Professional Responsible For A Misdiagnosis

In most cases, doctors and nurses handle their jobs with professional ability and attention to patient care that they can be proud of. Unfortunately, the occasional medical professional fails to live up to the standard of care that defines their profession, and this kind of negligence can lead to injury and suffering that changes a person’s life or in the worst cases leads directly to a wrongful death.

In some cases, the failure of a doctor is not in causing injury, but simply failing to recognize the signs and indications of serious illness or injury. In cases of misdiagnosis, a one-time or repeated failure to address the needs of a patient can do permanent harm. In these cases of medical malpractice, it is important to have a professional attorney on your side with a proven record of reliable and successful practice.

You can rely on our lawyers at Carter Law Offices, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

Medical Negligence That Causes Serious Or Permanent Injury

Many of our clients talk about communicating serious problems to their doctor, but feeling like they aren’t even being heard. It can be intensely frustrating to experience symptoms and pain associated with illness and have a doctor dismiss your complaints without taking the necessary steps to treat your problem.

Our office will help you hold physicians responsible for gross misdiagnosis in medical malpractice cases involving:

  • Wrongful death
  • Failure to refer to a specialist
  • Failure to take reasonable action
  • Improper testing or not ordering a crucial test
  • Gross negligence

It can be a tragedy to discover too late that if your doctor had only ordered an MRI or CT, a disease could have been treated at an early stage or prevented entirely. In cases of cancer, serious back injury or heart disease, you rely on your doctor to recognize symptoms and make the right diagnosis for you. When there is clear failure or negligence, you may have legal options.

Legal Representation For Birth Injuries Malpractice

A birth injury caused by the negligence of a doctor or nurse can do potentially permanent damage to a new life. Even if the injury is not immediately apparent, as some injuries do not fully manifest until up to six months later, the decisions that medical professionals make during the birth of your child can affect their lives and health for a lifetime.

For a parent, the knowledge that someone has harmed your child, even unintentionally, can be devastating. It can leave you with endless questions, fear for the future and a serious physical, emotional and financial challenge. At Carter Law Offices, P.C., in Des Moines and Omaha, we work with families throughout Iowa who have suffered as a result of medical malpractice or doctor negligence. We can put the right resources and the right approach behind your case.

Holding Medical Staff Responsible For Birth Injuries

Medical malpractice cases are extremely time sensitive and if you don’t act as soon as you suspect there has been a medical error resulting in a birth injury, you may permanently lose your rights to recover compensation. We don’t try to rush clients toward a difficult decision, but we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right one.

Put our attorneys to work for cases involving:

  • Erb’s palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Shoulder dysplasia
  • Forceps injuries
  • Failure to monitor prenatal health
  • Nursing malpractice

Our lawyers provide effective, experienced and sensitive support for clients and families dealing with the difficult prospect of an injured child. We work to help you hold the right people accountable and recover the compensation you may need today and in the future.

Lawyers For Surgical Error Litigation

When you undergo a surgical procedure, you are placing your body and your life in the hands of a skilled team of professionals, led by a surgeon who has undergone years of education and specialized training. The hospital or outpatient surgery center, too, must have equipment and procedures in place to provide the safest conditions possible. Despite our trust in our surgeons, surgical nurses and anesthesiologists, however, thousands of patients suffer serious injury every year, often because of a mistake that shouldn’t have happened.

If you suffered an injury or unnecessary medical complications that you feel can be associated with your surgical procedure at a hospital or outpatient surgical center in Iowa or Nebraska, call Carter Law Offices, P.C. We have many years of experience aggressively representing clients in complex medical malpractice litigation that most other law firms can’t take on.

Our successful case results include several successful settlements and trials involving medical malpractice. In addition to surgical errors, our lawyers handle every type of negligence case, such as:

  • Anesthesiologist mistakes
  • Surgeon mistakes
  • Nursing errors
  • Post-op procedural errors
  • Miscommunication between the primary care physician and surgeon
  • Hospital infections
  • C-section birth injuries to the mother or baby
  • Misdiagnosis of a medical condition
  • Unnecessary surgical procedure
  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Medication errors

What Evidence Will You Need To Prove A Medical Malpractice Case?

It is not enough to show that your physician owed you a duty of care and breached it. To prove a medical malpractice claim, you need evidence to establish a direct causal link between your physician’s deviation from the medical standard of care and the injury or harm you suffered.

Our attorneys can identify the kind of evidence you will need to prove your case, such as:

  • Proof of damages
  • Medical records
  • Hospital records
  • Medical history
  • Medical imaging
  • Expert witness testimonies from medical professionals
  • Witness testimonies about your condition before and after the alleged malpractice
  • Financial records related to any medical treatment you received

We can help you obtain the evidence relevant to your case and interview witnesses to support your account of what happened. Our goal is to be able to analyze the pieces of evidence we have collected and construct a compelling case on your behalf. Let us tell your story without leaving any important details.

Complex Legal Process

The process for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit requires several steps, including a local medical review panel to investigate your physician’s actions. We are not a national personal injury litigation mill. We are a local law firm that has earned respect for our integrity within the legal and professional community in our region. Our attorneys back our legal knowledge and trial experience with the highest levels of compassion and personalized client service.

Contact Our Offices In Des Moines Or Omaha For A Free Consultation

Take advantage of our free initial consultation to understand your rights and options. We can meet with you, review your case and give you opportunities for your next step.

Call 515-644-4871 in Des Moines or 402-979-8675 in Omaha or send an email to our staff to request a return call from one of our malpractice lawyers.