Phoenix Prison Health Care Malpractice Attorney
Arizona’s prison system may not be the best equipped to provide inmates with high-quality medical care. Stringent budget constraints, understaffed facilities, overworked medical personnel and intentional mistreatment of inmates can all compromise patient care. Prison health care malpractice can lead to critical errors in patient care, along with related injuries, illnesses and preventable deaths. If you believe a loved one is a victim of prison health care malpractice, contact Gallagher & Kennedy right away. Our Phoenix prison health care malpractice lawyers can investigate the situation and let you know if we believe you have grounds for a claim.
Why Choose Gallagher & Kennedy?
- We are passionate about giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves in injury claims, including wronged inmates in Phoenix.
- We have more than four decades of experience helping clients work through difficult and complex claims, including cases against powerful defendants such as the government.
- We have recruited a team of top-rated attorneys through our excellent workplace culture. Over half of our employees have served with us for 10 years or longer.
When to Call a Prison Health Care Malpractice Lawyer in Phoenix
Prison medical malpractice claims involve unique elements that can make them more difficult to litigate. Medical malpractice is already a complex enough practice area without extenuating circumstances related to correctional facilities, such as governmental liability and violated constitutional rights. These cases may require expert medical witnesses, investigators, researchers and other professionals to succeed in yielding compensation for the plaintiff. The best way to boost your odds of success is by hiring a Phoenix prison medical malpractice lawyer from Gallagher & Kennedy.
Common Types of Prison Health Care Malpractice
Standards of patient care in the medical industry do not fluctuate depending on the identity of the patient. Physicians and other health care practitioners must treat all patients, in all circumstances, from all walks of life, with equal care and respect. Medical professionals must also obey strict federal laws and duties in the treatment of patients, including patients at a prison or jail. Unfortunately, not all practitioners and correctional facilities fulfill these duties of care, leading to medical malpractice.
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to treat
- Lack of informed consent
- Surgical and anesthesia mistakes
- Medication administration errors
- Prescription mistakes
- Medical product liability
- Substandard patient care
- Intentional misconduct
Any action or omission that another defendant would not have made in the same circumstances could constitute grounds for a medical malpractice claim. This can include patient neglect, discrimination, harassment and abuse. Our Phoenix prison medical malpractice attorneys can investigate a potential malpractice situation on your behalf to try to find proof or evidence of wrongdoing. Then, we can help you bring a lawsuit before Arizona’s deadline.
Who Is Liable for Prison Health Care Malpractice?
The liable party in any personal injury or medical malpractice claim is the party that committed the act without which the victim’s injuries would not have happened. If a physician had followed the expected standards of care in diagnosing an inmate, for example, and this would have saved the inmate’s life, the physician could be guilty of malpractice. In the legal justice system, however, larger parties are typically vicariously responsible for the actions of prison employees such as physicians and nurses.
Identifying the defendant in a prison health care malpractice claim can be challenging without help from a Phoenix personal injury lawyer. A number of different people may have played a role in your loved one’s negligent medical care while incarcerated. This can include employees of the state or county, as well as health care workers contracted independently with the correctional facility. It is important to work with a lawyer to identify the correct defendant before you bring your malpractice claim.
Contact Our Phoenix Prison Medical Malpractice Attorneys Today
Work with lawyers who can respond to your needs and give you confidence in the future of your case. At Gallagher & Kennedy, we know how to help victims who experienced medical malpractice in all types of settings, including correctional facilities throughout Arizona. We may be able to help you obtain compensation for prison health care malpractice. Discuss your family member’s recent injuries or death with a Phoenix medical malpractice lawyer today at (602) 530-8400. You can also send us a message online and we will get back to you as soon as possible.