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Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., ahead of accidents, stroke and respiratory disease and behind only heart disease and cancer. More than 250,000 deaths occur annually as a result of preventable medical errors – almost 700 deaths a day. And that is just deaths – it doesn’t count the thousands of patients who survive preventable medical errors with permanent life-changing injuries.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a death or injury as the result of a medical error, call or email us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.

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Despite advanced degrees, doctors and medical professionals sometimes make mistakes that result in injury to patients entrusted to their care.

Despite advanced degrees, doctors and medical professionals sometimes make mistakes that result in injury to patients entrusted to their care.


Most lawyers won’t agree to represent a patient who has been hurt by medical malpractice because the cases are too expensive, they take too long, and are too hard to win. The insurance companies for doctors and hospitals hire teams of lawyers who fight these cases to the end regardless of how bad the medical care has been. They have unlimited resources to finance whatever kind of defense they need and to hire paid expert witnesses to say whatever is necessary.

At Phelan | Petty we have always handled medical malpractice lawsuits because there are deserving people out there who need our help. Every day there are patients who are devastated by medical malpractice – people with treatable conditions who should have gotten better, but suffer because they fall through the cracks when doctors don’t listen to them, or specialists don’t talk to one another. These are preventable tragedies that wouldn’t happen if healthcare providers were more careful.

A team approach
Phelan | Petty has a dedicated team of lawyers, nurses, paralegals and a nationwide network of physicians and surgeons who we work with to put each case in the best position possible to be successful. The attorneys are involved in every step of the process, handling the legal and medical issues and letting you know what to expect. We try to strike the right balance between keeping you informed about what is going on while at the same time leaving you alone to heal and live your life as normally as possible.

Malpractice can occur in nearly any setting where medical care is given. Some common scenarios where we have experience include the following:

  • Anesthesia errors;
  • Brain injuries resulting from lack of oxygen (hypoxia);
  • Birth injuries;
  • Bariatric surgery (gastric bypass, lap band) complications;
  • Bowel injuries;
  • Bile duct injuries (during gallbladder surgery);
  • Cerebral palsy;
  • Cancer – including delayed diagnosis and improper treatment of breast cancer, brain cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, etc.
  • Heart attack – including delayed diagnosis and failure to treat in the emergency room, urgent care center, family practice
  • Surgical errors – including wrong site and wrong level surgery
  • Bowel obstruction – including delayed diagnosis and treatment
  • Radiology/x-ray errors;
  • Stroke
  • Veterans Administration Hospital negligence

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