Medical malpractice attorney James G. Bonebrake has great respect for the medical profession. It saves lives and improves the quality of life for many people every day. By working with doctors, he is able to avoid filing frivolous lawsuits. However, he still provides accountability for those missed diagnoses, erroneous treatments, and botched surgeries that occur.
Missed diagnoses account for over 40% of medical malpractice claims filed in the United States. In such cases, it is not a matter of “Monday morning quarterbacking,” as the insurance companies contend. In most cases, doctors or hospitals had plenty of time to make the correct diagnosis. However, their failure to follow standard testing protocol, hospital rules, or the accepted standards of the profession itself led to this oversight.
Improper treatment makes up the majority of the other cases filed. Doctors or hospitals fail to prescribe the correct treatment or one professional fails to do what a supervising doctor prescribed. This can occur when an out of the ordinary problem exists but the doctors lacked the special training necessary to treat it and fail to refer, the patient to a specialist. It can also happen because of negligence, the failure to follow the accepted standard of care.
Doctors Should Never Be Too Busy to Listen to Their Patients
Doctors are busy, but they should never be too busy to listen to their patients; especially about their symptoms or to answer questions. The vast majority of doctors and nurses are moral, but a very few care more about billing. An overwhelming number of doctors really care, but a few get defensive when they are asked questions and won’t answer. It is bad enough when this occurs during the ordinary course of treatment, but it is intolerable to have to put up with this after a problem has occurred.
In Mr. Bonebrake’s cases, doctors themselves provide the evidence necessary to get justice. In fact, doctors review his cases before they are filed to ensure that they are legitimate. This procedure also increases the chance of winning.
In order to encourage clients to understand their legal rights when an awful medical event has happened, he offers a free initial consultation. In view of the staggering cost of medical care, he will only take a fee if he is successful in the litigation.
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury or death and you suspect that a doctor, nurse, or other hospital personnel caused the injury or aggravated a prior problem, contact us at (312) 223-1699.