If you reside in Louisiana and have suffered an injury that you believe may be related to a medical provider's error or improper level of care, call Siegfried Law Firm. For nearly 25 years, I have been protecting the rights of people injured by negligence throughout Louisiana. Call my office at 620-429-0476 or contact me by email to arrange a free consultation to discuss your case with an experienced Alexandria medical malpractice attorney. From offices in Alexandria, I represent people injured by medical malpractice and nursing home negligence in parishes throughout Louisiana. I handle all personal injury and insurance litigation cases on a contingency fee basis. You will pay NO attorneys' fees unless I help you recover monetary damages.
Throughout your case, I will be available and responsive to your calls and questions. As a solo attorney, I offer the advantage of being able to work directly with my clients.
The fact that a medical procedure is unsuccessful or harms a patient does not automatically mean that medical malpractice took place. No medical procedure is guaranteed and they all pose risks that your doctor or health care provider should disclose to you beforehand. To prevail in a medical malpractice claim, you must prove that the doctor or health care provider deviated from the standard of care. That means that the doctor or medical provider did something or failed to do something that is the generally accepted method or methods used by other medical professionals in the same area of specialty and care for patients under the same or similar circumstances.
In addition to proving that the doctor or health care provider was negligent, you must prove that the error caused you injury or damage. Amputation of the wrong limb, brain damage after an operation, a medical condition or disease that worsened after treatment, or even death are good examples of injuries or damage. In short, unless you've been harmed, there's no medical malpractice case.
As a general rule, you'll need at least one medical expert witness qualified in the same specialty as the doctor you have made a claim against to explain the standard of care that applies to your case and how your doctor breached that standard of care and how the malpractice caused your injury. These expert witnesses are almost always other doctors or medical professionals.
The statute of limitations, or what is called the prescription period in Louisiana, is the time period in which you have to file your claim. In Louisiana, you generally have one year from the date of the malpractice. There are exceptions that allow up to three years. Call me to discuss your circumstances.
My office hours in Alexandria are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and I will make evening and weekend appointments by special arrangement. If your injuries or circumstances won't allow you to travel, I can make arrangements to meet at a time and place convenient for you and your family.http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/pcf/