Minneapolis Medical Malpractice Attorney

As a society, we trust our doctors, surgeons, and nurses to do what is in a patient’s best interest. We assume that health care practitioners have the proper education, training, and experience prior to taking on a case. We may also assume that the physician will take due care in the treatment of each and every patient, and that the facility itself will do the same. Sadly, deviations from accepted standards of care in the medical industry happen every day, resulting in patient illness, injury, and death. This is medical malpractice, and it deserves attention from the attorneys at Knutson + Casey of Minneapolis.

Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is any action or behavior by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted standards, resulting in patient injury. While not every negative outcome in a hospital is medical malpractice, many injuries and complications do stem from medical negligence. An incompetent doctor, unprepared surgeon, or careless nurse can all cause unnecessary and avoidable patient harms. Common examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Delayed diagnoses
  • Emergency room mistakes
  • Medication errors
  • Misdiagnoses
  • Professional incompetence
  • Surgical errors

It can be difficult to wrap your mind around the idea that a certified medical professional could make a mistake that caused your injury, worsened a prognosis, or led to a loved one’s death. Unfortunately, terrible and deadly mistakes occur in the medical environment every day. As soon as you have suspicions regarding the nature of an injury or death, contact the lawyers at Knutson + Casey for a free consultation.

Medical Malpractice Laws in Minnesota

Before you consider filing a medical malpractice claim in Minnesota, learn a few facts about the state laws. While every case is different, a few standards apply across the board. Understanding what local and state laws may be relevant in your situation can help you ask the right questions during a consultation with an attorney:

  • Statute of limitations. In Minnesota, you have four years from the date of injury or date of discovery of injury to file a medical malpractice claim. Waiting longer than this can lead to the courts refusing to accept your case, even if you have grounds to file. Since it can be difficult to pinpoint the date of injury in these cases, talk to an attorney regarding your particular time limit for filing.
  • Affidavit requirements. When you file a claim, you must also file an affidavit of merit. This document, signed by an attorney, states that a qualified medical expert has reviewed your case and believes a medical professional did in fact deviate from the accepted standards of patient care. You also need to file an affidavit identifying an expert witness you will call to trial, along with details of his or her testimony, within 180 days from the start of the discovery phase.
  • Joint liability laws. In other personal injury cases, two or more defendants can share the fault and liability for injuries, and thus both be responsible for the payment of the entire award. In a medical malpractice case, however, a negligent party must be more than 50% at fault, or have worked with the other party to cause an injury, to be liable for the entire award.

Medical malpractice is a complex and involves dozens of state and local rules. To make sure you abide by all appropriate guidelines, work with an attorney to bring your claim. The local Minneapolis lawyers at Knutson + Casey can assess your situation, file a claim against the negligent doctor or hospital on your behalf, and help you fight for the compensation your injuries deserve. To get in touch with us, call (763) 259-3642 or reach out online.