Arizona Medical Malpractice Law
Phoenix Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Patients trust that their doctor, surgeon, nurse, hospital, dentist, pharmacist and other health care provider will honor their commitment to providing a high standard of care to all patients. When a health care worker fails to meet the standard of care and causes the serious harm, permanent injury or death of a patient, he or she can be held liable for medical malpractice or negligence.
If you or someone you love was harmed or seriously injured by a health care provider or nursing home worker, contact Christopher J. Zachar as soon as possible. We offer free consultations and contingent attorneys’ fees.
Medical Malpractice Claims in Arizona
There are many types of negligence or error that may be considered medical malpractice. To collect compensation, we must prove 1) that the medical care provider failed or chose not to provide care that conformed to recognized standards of medical and health care and 2) that the patient suffered injury, further harm or wrongful death as a result of the negligent care.
Christopher J. Zachar, our Arizona Medical Malpractice Law attorney, is a Certified specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death who handles many different types of medical malpractice claims that seek compensation for negligence, errors or mistakes such as:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Improper delay in treatment
- Failure to provide treatment
- Failure to perform appropriate treatment and follow-up care
- Negligence in labor and delivery that cause birth injury
- Failure to monitor
- Prescription errors
- Surgery errors
Clinics and health care workers such as nursing home staff, physician’s assistants, psychiatrists and chiropractors are charged with providing high-quality patient care. In many cases, the Arizona Medical Malpractice Law is not obvious to a patient or the family of the injured patient. Claims of medical malpractice need to be carefully handled, and cases must be reviewed by a medical expert and a qualified attorney. To talk with an experienced lawyer, contact Phoenix Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Chris Zachar.
Careful Review Is Needed
Not every injury or death that happens in a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office means that a medical care provider has committed malpractice. If you think something improper or incorrect happened, contact a qualified attorney. We can review your case for signs of malpractice, negligence or wrongful death, and we will have your medical files reviewed by a medical expert. These investigations take some time to be complete and thorough, so you should contact an attorney as soon as is reasonably possible so that you can file your medical malpractice claim within the fairly short statute of limitations.
Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases
If you do not carefully follow the Arizona Medical Malpractice Law and procedures for filing a medical malpractice claim, you may lose your right to file a claim for compensation. In Arizona, the typical time frame or statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice is two years from the date of the incident. Some exceptions under the law may apply to your case to extend the two-year period or to require additional information and procedures.
If you have a claim against a city, county or state medical facility or its employees, you may be required to give the facility “notice" of the pending claim. In Arizona, a government facility and its employees must be served by process server with a “notice of claim" within 180 days of the alleged malpractice. This claim must state specific facts and allegations; with the help of our Arizona medical malpractice lawyer, we can help ensure that you follow the law and provide all the necessary information.