All healthcare professionals are bound by law and a code of ethics to provide a reasonable standard of care to patients. Medical malpractice arises when a doctor or nurse fails to provide adequate care, which then causes injury to the patient. Medical malpractice is often the result of an inappropriate action taken by a doctor or health care provider. However, medical malpractice claims can also arise because of a health care professional’s failure to take appropriate action, such as perform emergency surgery or appropriate diagnostic testing. If you’ve been effected by a health care professional’s failure to provide adequate care, contact the Colorado Springs medical malpractice lawyers at The Green Law Firm, PC for help today.
Injured patients may bring medical malpractice claims against any licensed healthcare professional, including doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and laboratory technicians.
Examples of the most common medical malpractice claims include surgical errors, misdiagnosis of cancers, and medication errors.
Colorado Medical Malpractice Damages
In Colorado, victims of medical malpractice are eligible to file a claim for both economic and non-economic damages. Victims may be awarded economic damages to compensate them for monetary losses due to medical expenses and lost time at work. Non-economic damages are awarded to compensate victims for their pain and suffering.
Additionally, punitive damages may be awarded when a healthcare provider has acted with malice or intent to harm.
The state of Colorado limits non-economic damages to $300,000, except in specific cases. Punitive damages cannot exceed the dollar amount of the actual damages awarded. While available damages vary among cases, generally, non-economic and punitive damages for medical malpractice cannot exceed $1,000,000.
Claims for medical malpractice in Colorado must be filed within two years of the date of the injury. Under no circumstances may a claim be filed more than three years after the date of the negligent act.
If you believe that you or someone you love has been a victim of medical malpractice, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer immediately. Medical malpractice claims can be difficult to prove and require a law firm that has the resources and knowledge necessary to win your case.
For more information on medical malpractice claims or to speak to one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers, contact our law firm today. We offer a free consultation and review of your case and are ready to help you and your family seek justice.
Filing a Colorado Medical Malpractice Claim
A medical malpractice attorney can assist you in determining the statute of limitations in your individual case. If you have been injured by a healthcare provider’s negligent act, contact an attorney as soon as possible to avoid having your claim barred.
Additionally, multiple individuals or entities may be held liable for your injury, including the negligent healthcare provider’s employer or the manufacturer of the medical equipment involved in causing your injury. A skilled attorney will be able to recognize all responsible parties.
Contact Colorado Springs Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Medical negligence claims are complicated and require a great deal of litigation experience. No doubt, the defendant will have a skilled team of attorneys working on their side, and you should too. If you have been injured due to the negligent act of a healthcare professional, contact our office today and schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of the experienced Colorado Springs medical malpractice attorneys at The Green Law Firm PC. Call us today at 719-694-8515.