Medical Malpractice & Medical Negligence Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska

In Nebraska, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers owe a duty of care to offer reasonable and ordinary care that is consistent with the patient's needs. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. In the event that the negligence, oversight, or omission of a physician or hospital causes a medical complication, incapacitation, or other serious medical issues, the victim may be entitled to seek fair financial compensation by filing a medical malpractice claim. 

At Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O., we're dedicated to offering compassionate representation and reliable advocacy to clients in their medical malpractice cases. Our seasoned Nebraska personal injury attorneys can investigate every aspect of your unique circumstance thoroughly and explore your possible options to seek damages. In addition, we will fight for your rights, hold the negligent medical provider accountable, and help you seek your deserved financial justice. 

Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O. proudly represents clients throughout Omaha, Nebraska, and surrounding counties, including Sarpy, Dodge, Lancaster, and Douglas County. 

Medical Malpractice in Nebraska

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional or provider fails to offer the applicable standard of care as required by the patient. According to Nebraska law, the applicable standard of care for medical malpractice claims is defined as "the ordinary and reasonable care, skill, and knowledge ordinarily possessed and used under like circumstances by members of his or her profession engaged in a similar practice in his or her or in similar localities." 

Medical Negligence in Nebraska

Medical negligence occurs when doctors or medical providers fail to fulfill their expected professional obligations. Also, if a healthcare professional or hospital provides substandard care and thereby causes harm to a patient, the person may be entitled to file a medical negligence claim. 

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Examples of Common Medical Malpractice or Negligence Claims

According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, more than 250,000 patients die in the United States every year from medical errors and negligence. Some common examples of actions that may constitute a medical malpractice claim include: 

  • Surgical or procedural errors 

  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose 

  • Unnecessary surgery 

  • Childbirth injuries 

  • Failure to conduct appropriate or accurate testing 

  • Improper medication or dosage 

  • Failure to recognize symptoms 

  • Poor aftercare or follow-up 

  • Premature discharge 

  • Improper treatment or failure to treat 

  • Failure to warn a patient of known risks 

  • Failure to take accurate patient history 

  • Misreading, ignoring, or misinterpreting laboratory results. 

If you or a family member has been the victim of medical negligence or medical malpractice, you should reach out to a seasoned personal injury lawyer straight away. Your legal counsel can explore your available options to seek damages and help file your medical malpractice claims as soon as possible. 

Statute of Limitation

The statute of limitation for medical malpractice and medical negligence claims in Nebraska is two (2) years from the date the injury or negligence occurred or was discovered. However, if the cause of action could not have been reasonably discovered within two years, then the victim can bring a medical malpractice claim within one year from the date of discovery. 

Who Can Be Sued For Medical Malpractice?

The legal concept of medical malpractice isn't only limited to the conduct of medical doctors. A number of different parties, medical professionals, and healthcare providers may be sued for medical malpractice or negligence, depending on the surrounding circumstances. These include: 

  • Physicians or doctors 

  • Nurses 

  • The hospital or medical facility 

  • Urgent care centers 

  • Pharmacists 

  • Anesthesiologists 

  • Hospital medical staff 

  • Pharmaceutical companies 

  • Others that provide health care services. 

A seasoned Nebraska medical malpractice attorney can evaluate the surrounding facts of your unique situation, help identify the negligent party, and seek to prove fault and other crucial aspects of your case. 

Expert Medical Testimony Required 

You're allowed to provide medical testimony as additional evidence to bolster your claims. However, the expert witness must show the at-fault party (medical professional) made a treatment decision that no other reasonable medical professional would have done under similar circumstances. 

Basic Elements of a Claim

To prove a medical malpractice claim and recover damages in Nebraska, you must show that: 

  • There was a doctor/patient relationship. 

  • The physician or healthcare professional was negligent. This caused the patient's injury or medical complication. 

  • The doctor or medical professional was negligent or deviated from the applicable medical standard of care. 

  • The deviation caused your injuries or medical complications. 

  • You suffered damages such as physical pain, additional medical bills, reduced productivity, mental anguish, and missed time at work. 

A knowledgeable lawyer can seek to prove negligence, establish liability, and help recover the maximum possible financial compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. 

Work With a Practiced Personal Injury Attorney

The negligence, omission, or oversight of a medical professional can lead to serious medical complications, bodily injuries, or harm to patients. Fortunately, a victim of medical malpractice or negligence may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for their injuries. Therefore, you should speak with a practiced personal injury attorney immediately for proper guidance and to help recover your rightful financial compensation. 

Over the years, our attorneys at Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O., have successfully recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for victims of medical malpractice and their families. With our extensive knowledge, we can walk you through the complex procedures involved in filing medical malpractice claims and seeking damages. Above all, we will fight intelligently for your rights, help negotiate a reasonable settlement with the medical provider, or take additional legal action if necessary. 

Medical Malpractice & Medical Negligence Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska

If you or someone close to you has been the victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, you may recover damages. Contact Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O., today to schedule a simple case evaluation. Our trusted team can offer you the personalized legal guidance and reliable representation you need in your medical malpractice claims. We proudly serve clients across Omaha, Sarpy, Dodge, Lancaster, and Douglas County, Nebraska.