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Elizabeth City & Raleigh Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you or a loved one was seriously injured by the negligence of a surgeon, doctor, or medical staff you probably have questions and concerns. This page is meant as a resource for you and was developed by our team of experienced North Carolina medical malpractice injury attorneys.

Frequently asked questions

Download our in-depth medical malpractice guides

Our team of Elizabeth City & Raleigh medical malpractice lawyers published two downloadable guides that are accessible by the general public.

The first guide features tips from our experienced medical malpractice legal team (on right). The second guide discusses common surgical errors that you and your loved ones should be aware of.

When you order one, or both, of our medical malpractice legal guides, they will arrive by e-mail in PDF format. 


Sample of our medical malpractice case results

Types of Medical Malpractice

Surgical errors - This includes anesthesia mistakes, improper sterilization, technical errors, nerve damage, unnecessary surgery, surgery on the wrong part of the body, foreign objects left in the body, and organ puncture.

• Wrong diagnosis and misdiagnosis - This includes misread x-rays, misread test results, failure to order common diagnostic tests, and ignored or missed symptoms. Commonly missed diagnoses include heart attacks, cancer, hypertension, clogged arteries, and infections.

• Negligent care - This includes the improper use of restraints, the improper administration of medication or wrong medication, hospital abuse, or lack of sufficient staff.

• Birth injury - These incidents happen during the baby’s delivery or shortly afterward. These injuries due to hospital errors may involve cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, or brain damage. The mistake may be the obstetrician's, nurses' or other treater in the maternity ward, but the common feature of these claims is the permanent, catastrophic injury to the mother or baby.

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