Experienced Wichita Kansas Medical Malpractice Attorneys Ready to Fight For You
Warner Law Offices knows how to get results for negligence victims and families.
At the Warner Law Offices, our experienced Wichita malpractice attorneys take pride in helping victims of medical errors and negligence. With more than 25 years of experience on our side, we stand up to powerful opponents in the medical industry, as well as their insurance companies. When we take your medical malpractice case, it's because we believe in it. It's because we believe that you deserve maximum compensation, and we want to help you get it.
The legal world and the medical world are very distinct. Medical malpractice is where they come together. We understand how they converge because our team includes an experienced attorney who is also a licensed registered nurse in Kansas. This allows us to carefully review both the medical and legal aspects of your case as we pursue the financial compensation you deserve.
We handle many types of medical malpractice cases, including:
- Missed diagnosis
- Medical negligence
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries
- Nursing home abuse
- Failure to refer
- Failure to supervise
- Radiation exposure from cardiac catheterization
The advances made in medicine over the last two decades should increase our chances for a full medical recovery and decrease our chances of being injured as a result of medical malpractice. In fact, one of the areas of medicine that has seen some of the largest scientific advancements is pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, with this increase in the availability of new and more potent medications has come an increased risk to patient safety.
At the Warner Law Offices, we represent clients who have suffered permanent injuries, as well as families who have lost loved ones as a result of medication errors made by a nurse, doctor or pharmacist. If you were hurt because of any of the following, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation:
- Over-prescribing medications or over-medicating patients, such as with pain medication
- Prescribing the wrong medications
- Failure to prescribe or administer the correct dosage of a medication
- Failing to properly instruct patients about medications
- Not conducting a proper medical history or reviewing medical records before prescribing medications
- Failing to foresee possible adverse drug interactions
Medical malpractice claims involving medication errors can quickly become rather complex. Our clients benefit from the fact that attorney Anne H. Pankratz is also a registered nurse. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge about medications that is of great benefit in preparing and developing their cases. She understands how to review medical trials and analyze adverse event reporting to build a strong case against drug companies or doctors that expose patients to defective pharmaceuticals.
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Nursing Home Negligence
When people choose to send their elderly loved ones to nursing homes, or seek in-home care or other support, the last thing they expect is for their loved ones to suffer serious personal injury or wrongful death. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently.
At the Warner Law Offices in Wichita, Kansas, we have more than 25 years of experience that we put to use every day helping victims of negligence. We will put our best foot forward to help you get maximum compensation for the harm caused by nursing home negligence or abuse. We want to hold those responsible accountable for their actions and ensure you and your loved ones receive fair compensation.
Some of the many scenarios we can address include:
- Failure to treat pneumonia or any other medical condition that, left untreated, causes serious damage
- Broken hips caused by improper monitoring of patients in order to prevent falls
- Malnutrition or dehydration due to improper feeding
- Failure to properly address bed sores, leading to more serious conditions, such as infections
Negligence in the nursing home is often the result of understaffing or relying on untrained personnel who cannot properly perform their duties. However, sometimes the harm that is caused to elderly people is more direct. Sometimes, nursing home staffs directly abuse the people for whom they are supposed to provide care. No matter how nursing home abuse has occurred, we're ready to fight for you.
FAQ about medical malpractice claims
Medical malpractice cases are technical, difficult and expensive. They take a lot of time and resources to work them properly. Doctors often are unwilling to admit they made a mistake. Hospitals hire lawyers who have experience handling their cases. We understand you may have more questions than answers. That's why we're here: to put our knowledge and resources to work for you.
- What is considered medical malpractice in Kansas?
- What is misdiagnosis?
- What are my legal rights after I've been injured or a loved one died because of medical negligence?
- How can I prove medical malpractice?
- Will I have to go to court?
What is considered medical malpractice in Kansas?
Medical malpractice is a legal term describing the failure of a doctor, surgeon, nurse, pharmacist, technician, therapist, physician assistant, hospital or any other health care provider to uphold the standard of care their profession requires. Medical malpractice is applicable to any type of medical practice or procedure, including dental work. When a health care professional fails to adhere to accepted medical principles and techniques and an injury or fatality occurs, it is considered medical malpractice in Kansas.
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What is misdiagnosis?
Diagnosis is the process of identifying a patient’s medical condition; misdiagnosis is failure to correctly identify a medical condition. While diagnosis is not an exact science, doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical staff are required to follow standards of care when diagnosing patients. Some examples of diagnostic errors that can constitute malpractice include:
- Failure to order a diagnostic test, such as an MRI, X-ray, CT scan, colonoscopy, or blood work, when it is medically indicated.
- Misreading or miscommunicating lab results.
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist for more in-depth diagnostic work, such as a cardiologist to diagnose potential heart issues or a neurologist to look for brain or nerve damage.
- Failure to seek a second opinion when necessary.
- Not recognizing that a patient needs a higher level of care, such as an emergency room or ICU.
Not accurately diagnosing a serious medical condition, such as cancer or a stroke, can lead to irreversible damage that may have been prevented with the correct diagnosis and appropriate early intervention. An incorrect diagnosis can also lead to a patient receiving unnecessary treatment or even surgery, with all the costs and side effects associated with those procedures.
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What are my legal rights after I've been injured or a loved one died because of medical negligence?
Medical negligence is surprisingly common in Kansas and throughout the United States, with some experts speculating that hundreds of thousands of people are injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice. You have legal rights if you've been injured or a loved one was killed due to the negligent behavior of a medical professional or facility. With the help of a skilled attorney, you may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills and cost of future medical care, lost wages and future lost wages, and other damages such as pain and suffering and punitive damages designed to punish a particularly reckless party for his or her actions.
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How can I prove medical malpractice?
A medical malpractice claim has three key components. A plaintiff must be able to prove:
- The medical professional or hospital was negligent.
- The instance of medical negligence was the cause of an injury.
- The plaintiff was injured as a result of medical negligence.
After you've been injured or lost a loved one due to malpractice, you may find that the medical professional or hospital denies any wrongdoing. They may claim they've done everything they can. Their insurer may even try to say that you caused your own injuries or argue there was a pre-existing condition. Warner Law Offices can help prove negligence. We believe medical professionals need to be held accountable for negligent behavior resulting in an injury or a fatality.
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Will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. You will have to attend your own depositions, any mediations, pretrial and trial. While not all cases go to court, we prepare each malpractice case as if it will go to trial. We have access to medical experts. We know how to establish what the acceptable standards were and how the doctor, surgeon or hospital violated them. After all, your case is more than about money - it's about justice. It's about holding negligent medical workers and hospitals accountable for their reckless behavior.
Contact Warner Law Offices Today
With extensive experience and access to top experts, the Warner Law Offices is the law firm victims of medical malpractice turn to when they need serious representation. Attorneys Thomas M. Warner and Anne H. Pankratz have more than 50 years of combined experience standing up for the rights of injury victims in Wichita and across Kansas. We have a proven track record of success help individuals and families obtain the compensation they need. Discover the difference our experienced legal team can make. Contact Warner Law Offices today. Call 866-584-1032 for a free case evaluation with one of our team members.
Call us 24/7 at (316) 269-2500, (800) 815-5297 or send us an email.