Health Providers Must Have High Standard To Avoid Medical Malpractice

Posted by Jacques Williams on Jul 16, 2015 9:56:00 AM

Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider has failed a patient by making a mistake. It’s when a doctor, nurse or staff member neglected to do his or her job correctly and, as a direct result, injured a patient. Since this injury shouldn’t have happened, the patient may have a right to compensation.

It would be ridiculous to say doctors and nurses never make mistakes -- we know this isn’t true. However, health care providers must be held responsible for the results of their mistakes. Society holds motorists responsible for their negligence when they cause vehicle accidents, so health care providers should also answer for mistakes that cause their patients harm.

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Topics: medical malpractice, Compensation, health care providers

What Happens To The Families Of Medical Malpractice Victims?

Posted by Alex Shook on Jul 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

We can’t bring a loved one back who has been a victim of medical malpractice, but we can make sure that his or her family members are taken care of by getting them the compensation they deserve.

At Hamstead, Williams & Shook, we have teams of medical experts whom we consult with to review every medical malpractice case. These are serious and difficult cases and not every claim, not every bad result, is medical malpractice. So, when we get a case, we investigate it thoroughly by gathering and reviewing all of the relevant medical records. If a case has merit, we’ll consult with one of our experts in the medical field with an eye toward preparing a lawsuit to move forward in court.

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Topics: medical malpractice, personal injury, personal injury lawyer in morgantown, morgantown law firm

Personal Injury Claims & The Constitution

Posted by Jacques Williams on Jul 2, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Have you been hurt by the fault of another person? Has it affected your ability to enjoy life the way you did before you were injured?

The law provides remedies to help you. You can often recoup your economic losses due to personal injury, and also be compensated for your pain and suffering. Maybe you can’t play with your children anymore because of the severity of your injuries. Maybe you can’t participate in sports and other recreational pursuits anymore. Whether you have physical pain or emotional distress, the civil justice system can provide recognition of your loss through monetary compensation.

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Topics: medical malpractice, personal injury, personal injury lawyer in morgantown, morgantown law firm, Compensation, Constitutional Rights

How Do You Know If You Have A Personal Injury Claim?

Posted by Alex Shook on Jun 25, 2015 10:07:00 AM

Basically, anytime you’ve been hurt by another person’s wrongdoing, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. There are many kinds of cases. Defective products, car crashes, medical malpractice, insurance claims and insurance bad faith are all examples of personal injury cases we handle at  Hamstead, Williams & Shook.

Let say someone else has harmed you. It’s not your fault, but you aren’t sure you have a case. Your first step should be to get the medical attention you need. Nothing is more important than your health. Next, preserve any evidence by taking pictures, gathering insurance statements, police reports, etc. Afterward, call us and we’ll help you sort through the details.

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Topics: medical malpractice, personal injury, personal injury lawyer in morgantown, morgantown law firm

A Heart for Serving Society: Jacques' Journey to Becoming an Attorney

Posted by Jacques Williams on Jun 18, 2015 12:13:00 PM

My journey into law began when I was about 14 or 15 years old. I saw the legal profession as a way to contribute to society. I also thought it would be intellectually satisfying to deal with principles that had an aspect of government.

My father was a political science professor and department chair at WVU, so I grew up with influence and interest in the social sciences. To this day, I still have an interest in topics like history, politics and geography.           

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Topics: medical malpractice, personal injury, morgantown law firm