The Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys at Norton Schwab provide proficient, professional, and resourceful legal representation for residents throughout the entire state who have suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent medical care provider.
Oklahoma is home to nearly four million people, making our state the 28th most-populous, and the 20th-most extensive state in the country. When medical professionals are charged with providing care to a significant amount of people, medical negligence can occur in emergency rooms, private doctor’s offices, and during surgical procedures — just to name a few.
When these medical negligent circumstances occur, our medical malpractice lawyers in Oklahoma are available to review the injured — or their family members’ — cases to understand how we can help prove their damages were caused by the medical care they were provided. We can do the same for you.
How Many Oklahoma Residents Does Norton Schwab Represent?
Norton Schwab’s Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers represent clients throughout the state, whether they are in Tulsa or Lawton and beyond to ensure their injuries do not go unaccounted for, causing their medical bills and lost wages to be paid out of pocket.
Our Tulsa County and Comanche County residents, to name just a few of the Oklahoma areas we represent, are entitled to exceptional legal representation that will pursue the best financial outcome available for each of their unique cases. Our Oklahoma City medical malpractice attorneys have more than forty combined years of experience holding medical providers accountable for their negligence. And when someone loses a family member during negligent care, our wrongful death claims can help provide the time they need to grieve fully.
Norton Schwab Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Focus Areas
To provide proficient and exacting legal representation for our Oklahoma residents, our medical malpractice focuses are centered around common injuries and medical circumstances that lead to both short- and long-term damages. These medical malpractice Cases require financial compensation to recover or to maintain additional care — no matter how long that care lasts — and our Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Attorney can help pursue the outcome each unique case deserves.
Our medical malpractice areas of focus in Oklahoma include:
- Surgical Errors
- Pharmaceutical Errors
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Hospital Negligence
- Birth Injury
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Wrongful Death
Our medical malpractice areas of focus in Oklahoma cities include:
Changes In U.S. Legislation Allow Military Medical Malpractice Cases To Be Filed Against Military Facilities
Before the National Defense Authorization Act went into effect in January 2020, U.S. military personnel were unable to pursue medical malpractice cases against military facilities.
Now, service members can file claims against the military for alleged medical malpractice that occurred on bases throughout the country and around the world.
The catalyst for change came when a 38-year-old Green Beret sought medical care at a military facility in Fort Bragg, where he underwent a CT scan that revealed a diagnosis of pneumonia.
Months passed and the soldier’s condition worsened, which led to him pursuing medical care from a specialist — with permission to seek care outside the base from the military facility.
The result was a diagnosis of Stage 3 lung cancer.
The misdiagnosis allowed the tumor to progress to twice its original size from when it was initially examined by the military medical facility, becoming terminal.
The soldier mounted a legal crusade to overturn a 50-year old Supreme Court ruling that barred all military personnel from filing medical malpractice claims against military facilities, and his success was signed into law beginning the first day of 2020.
Now, military members who are victims of medical malpractice can file for compensation just as they would for workers’ compensation.
The Act now allows:
- Active-duty military personnel to be represented by a medical malpractice attorney
- Administrative claim processes that award compensation when active-duty personnel are injured or killed from medical malpractice in military treatment facilities
- Authorization for uncapped economic and non-economic damages for their injuries or death resulting from medical malpractice
The Act allows military personnel who were affected by medical malpractice to submit a claim for financial recovery and it retroactive to 2017.
The law also provides more transparency, requiring the Department of Defense to report the number of medical malpractice claims, the resolution of claims, and any other information relevant to the claims process to Congress.
That includes soldiers who have medical malpractice claims stemming from our Oklahoma military medical facilities, which may include but are not limited to:
- Altus Air Force Base
- Will Rogers Air National Guard Base
- Coast Guard Institute
- McAlester Army Ammunition Army Base
- Fort Sill Army Base
- Tinker Air Force Base
- Vance Air Force Base
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one to medical malpractice that occurred in a military facility, our Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers want to help you understand your legal options, so you can pursue the financial recovery you deserve.
How Often Does Medical Misdiagnosis Occur In The United States?
Medical misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis accounts for one-third of all medical malpractice cases that result in permanent disabilities or death throughout the United States.
It is estimated that 12 million people throughout the country suffer from a medical diagnostic error each year, resulting in medical malpractice claim payouts of over $1.8 billion over the past decade.
Medical misdiagnosis knows no bounds, as negligence can occur in any medical facility at any time.
Unfortunately, the most common misdiagnosis that causes the most harm account for nearly 75% of all diagnostic areas occur in just three areas that include:
Cancer accounts for 38% of misdiagnosis cases
Vascular events account for 23%
Medical malpractice areas can cost victims the valuable time they could have used to treat the actual condition. Often, this ends in severe disabilities, loss of limbs or organs, and even death. If you have suffered from a medical misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis, our Oklahoma medical malpractice attorney will outline your rights as more than a patient, but as a person who was seeking medical care to improve your quality of life, only to suffer more injuries as a result.
Surgical Errors & Anesthesia-Related Negligence In Oklahoma
When individuals are undergoing surgery, their illnesses or injuries require serious medical care, highlighted by the goal of making their lives better.
When negligence occurs during surgical procedures, the following are common medical outcomes:
- Damaged nerves
- Leaving a piece of surgical equipment inside the patient, including instruments or sponges
- Making an incision at the wrong location
- Performing surgery on the wrong body part
- Operating on the wrong patient
Anesthesia-related negligence occurs when physicians administer too much, too little, or the completely wrong type of the medication necessary to perform the surgery.
The overall injuries that occur differ by patient, and the long-term outcome is unique to their medical circumstances. This means, your Oklahoma medical malpractice claim requires a thorough and experienced approach to pursuing the proper evidence to make your case, and at Norton Schwab, our Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyer delivers solutions by leaving no detail to chance during our investigations.
We pursue all types of physicians and their facilities during Oklahoma medical malpractice cases, including:
- Family Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured During A Medical Procedure In Oklahoma?
Contact our experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Dallas, Minnesota, Minneapolis & Oklahoma City today at 888 medmals to discuss your case in full, and allow us to investigate the negligence involved in your medical care. Do not be intimidated by the medical provider who administered your treatment, or the facility’s team of lawyers. Our experienced Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys do not back down from a legal fight, and when we take a medical malpractice case, we expect to win.
Large Companies Located in The State of Oklahoma
Our Oklahoma residents take pride in their work and develop their incomes to do more than provide for their families, but to pursue the medical care they deserve when they need it.
Some of our Oklahoma citizens work for many of the largest employers in the state, including:
- Chesapeake Energy Corporation
- Devon Energy Corporation
- Hobby Lobby
- Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
- Oklahoma Gas & Electric
- SandRidge Energy Corporation
- Williams Companies
Call us today (405) 254-8365
We are located at:
3030 Northwest Expressway Suite 200 number 467 Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Lawyer FAQs
How Can You Prove Medical Malpractice Occurred?
There are four elements to proving medical malpractice occurred, including that the healthcare provider has a duty to a standard of care, and that the injured party was their patient. Next, we must be able to prove they breached that duty, and that their failure resulted in your injuries that caused financial damages.
Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Oklahoma?
Medical malpractice claims are incredibly complex and require an experienced attorney to produce results. While, technically, you can pursue the healthcare provider or facility who caused your injuries on your own, you are unlikely to have access to the resources medical specialists who can help build your case for success like an Oklahoma medical malpractice attorney has.
What Is The Statute of Limitations for Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Oklahoma?
In the State of Oklahoma, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim is two years from the date the incident occurred.
What If I Am Not Happy With My Surgical Procedure? Can I Sue the Surgeon for Medical Malpractice?
Medical results vary from patient to patient, so there is no guarantee your surgery is going to be 100% successful. We must be able to prove there was a deviation from the standard of care that applied to your procedure before we can pursue the healthcare provider for medical malpractice.
Can I Still Pursue Damages In A Medical Malpractice Claim Against My Doctor If I Signed A Consent Form?
Signing a medical consent form is standard procedure in most healthcare facilities. However, there is no consent form that signs away your rights and allows the medical professional to negligently administer any type of care. We may still pursue compensation for your damages if we can establish that your physician deviated from the applicable standard of care that caused your injuries.