Talk to Who Will Listen… Representing People & Families in Serious Injury
& Wrongful Death Cases
If you or a family member have been seriously harmed or a loved one has been killed by the mistake of a medical care provider in the Knoxville / East Tennessee / Johnson City / Kingsport / Bristol area, you should talk with a medical malpractice lawyer with a history of success.
The mistake of a medical care provider can be devastating to a family. The loss of past and future income, medical bills and the pain and suffering from the medical mistake are a few of the claims that may be brought to recover financial compensation. Although medical care providers are human and make mistakes, it is when bad choices are made that those medical care providers must be held accountable.
When you hold a medical care provider responsible for the bad choices they make, the safety of the community is protected. Accountability is the key to having hospitals and medical care providers think about the consequences of their decisions on the patients they are caring for. When hospitals and medical care providers realize that people in the community will hold them responsible for bad decisions, the quality of care for everyone in the community is made better.
Medical Malpractice Lawyer Larry V. Roberts has been successfully representing people and families in the Knoxville / East Tennessee / Johnson City / Kingsport / Bristol area for almost 30 years, holding hospitals, medical care practice groups, physicians, dentists and surgeons responsible for bad choices to improve and maintain the standard of care that the people and families in the communities of East Tennessee deserve.
A physician, surgeon, dentist or other health care provider must provide treatment or care to their patients that complies with the standard of care expected in the community. If that care or treatment provided does not measure up to the standard of care expected, the healthcare provider is negligent. That negligence is medical malpractice.
People who serve on the jury in a medical malpractice trial, after listening to expert witness testimony during the trial, determine the standard of care they expect medical care providers to follow when caring for or treating patients in the community.
The people on the jury decide whether the care or treatment provided was acceptable. If it was not, those jurors will send a message through their verdict to the medical profession in the community that the care or treatment was not acceptable and must change.
In Tennessee you are required to send each physician or healthcare provider that you believe was negligent a notice of a potential claim. That notice must satisfy certain statutory requirements and be sent within 1 year from the date of negligence. Notice of a potential claim extends the statute of limitations for 120 days. However, a lawsuit cannot be filed for at least 60 days after notice is sent.
If trying to determine how to make sure you bring a claim within the required time and comply with all the statutory requirements appears difficult, it is.
That is why you should contact a knowledgeable, experienced and successful Knoxville medical malpractice lawyer when you of a family are seriously harmed because of a bad choice made by a Tennessee physician or health care provider.
The simple answer to this question is yes. A medical malpractice case requires expert witness testimony by a physician against another physician. We all know how difficult it is to have a physician testify against another physician. Unlike other states, Tennessee limits where you can find a medical malpractice expert witness to only Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri or Kentucky. In addition, each expert witness must have an active clinical practice during the year the medical malpractice occurred.
The Tennessee legislature passed laws that protect insurance companies, hospitals and medical care providers to make it difficult for you to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. That is why there are few attorneys in Tennessee that handle medical malpractice claims. When you or a family member are seriously harmed or lose a loved due to medical negligence, make sure the Knoxville medical malpractice lawyer you and your family chose is knowledgeable, experienced and has a successful track record.