Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Denver, CO
Complex Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Require Experience
All medical care providers, including doctors, nurses, hospitals, and pharmacists, have a professional responsibility to provide a certain level of care and treatment for their patients. Care below that standard because of a failure on the part of the care provider or because of the choice of improper treatment for a condition is considered negligence. If you believe that your medical care provider was negligent, you may have the basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Chalat Hatten & Banker is a trusted personal injury law firm with experienced medical malpractice attorneys in the Denver metro area. We’re widely regarded as a premier personal injury law firm, often handling some of the most challenging medical malpractice cases resulting in some of the largest settlements in the state.
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Medical Malpractice Claims in Colorado
Medical mistakes are often traumatic and made more so by the difficulty of understanding the facts surrounding the injury. Finding out what happened is the first concern of most malpractice victims. Sadly, one of the only certain ways of discovering the truth is to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Hospitals, nurses, and doctors are trained NOT to share compromising information with a patient. To learn the “what and why” typically requires litigation.
Pursuing a medical malpractice case is a significant personal and financial decision – you will invest about two years in the process until your case is ready for settlement or trial. And though personal matters become public in any personal injury lawsuit, it is particularly true for medical malpractice victims. You will be forced to share the most intimate details of your daily life with strangers, many of whom may be openly hostile. Choose a medical malpractice lawyer with whom you are comfortable and who is experienced in protecting medical malpractice victims from further harassment. Choose wisely. Choose Chalat Hatten & Banker in the Denver metro area and surrounding Colorado communities.
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A careful case review will be performed by your lawyer to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Then the conclusions of this review are presented to you in a thorough, understandable manner.
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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical mistakes often lead to catastrophic injury or death. Under Colorado law, hospitals are usually responsible for negligence caused by their employees, including nurses, therapists, and technicians. Physicians are generally considered independent and must carry their own medical malpractice insurance. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as the result of a medical provider’s negligence, you likely have questions and concerns about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Check out our frequently asked questions or reach out to our firm to schedule a consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.
If My Care or Treatment Was Provided in Colorado, Do I Need to File in Colorado?
Because medical malpractice claims arise from state law, they are pursued in the state where the negligent care occurred. Regardless of where you are now, your lawsuit for negligent care from a doctor or hospital in Colorado will need to be filed in Colorado.
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed with the court within two years of your negligent care. This is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits in Colorado. Only in unique circumstances will a patient be allowed to file after the two-year period. Patients who are minors at the time of the malpractice may wait to file after reaching the age of 18 but must file within two years of their 18th birthday. However, the parents’ possible claim for economic losses is lost after two years from the date of the negligent care.
Why Won’t My Doctor Explain What Happened?
Doctors and other medical professionals are typically trained not to share compromising information with their patients and their families. All too often, litigation is the only way to discover what truly happened when it comes to medical mistakes resulting in catastrophic injuries.
How Do I Know Whether I Am a Medical Malpractice Victim?
The simple answer is that a medical expert will tell you. Unique to medical malpractice claims, by Colorado law, you must have your matter reviewed by a medical care provider prior to the filing of the complaint. This medical expert must have experience in the same area of care as the negligent doctor or nurse and must state there is a good-faith basis for the claim. Beyond the certificate of review, medical experts play key roles in establishing the standard of care owed to a patient and whether a specific care provider (the defendant) failed to meet that standard.
Serving Injured Victims of All Ages Throughout Colorado
Whether you or a loved one was injured due to a medication error, misdiagnosis, or surgical mistake, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Chalat Hatten & Banker to schedule a free initial case review and consultation. Our Denver-based medical malpractice attorneys serve clients throughout Colorado, including Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and surrounding cities in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, Park, and Weld Counties. Our firm is backed by more than 30 years of shared expertise in pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of seriously injured victims of all ages. View our case reviews and testimonials to see how we may be able to help.