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Unfortunately, millions of patients are affected by medical malpractice every single year. According to data from Johns Hopkins Medicine, more than 250,000 deaths each year are attributed to medical negligence, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States. Communities become less safe when healthcare practitioners make foolish mistakes due to a lack of training, negligence, or other factors. At the Law Offices of David Henderson, the goal of our Anchorage medical malpractice attorney is to provide options for people facing this challenging situation.

Whether you have suffered at the hands of a surgeon, physician, anesthesiologist, or another healthcare professional, your case matters. Come to my office for a free consultation and see if my services would be right for you. If you have been severely injured, trying to recover from the damage is hard enough without having to worry about costs and similar concerns. My goal is to help you actually move on with your life and receive hope for a better future.

Schedule a free consultation with me today to see how I can help you! Call (888) 295-6566.

Anchorage Medical Malpractice Lawyer Fighting for Your Rights and The Rights of Your Family

I have chosen to work hard in the area of medical malpractice because I believe that healthcare professionals are the ones who should help you feel safe. My work helps to discourage malpractice that jeopardizes the safety of patients in Anchorage.

How Common Are Medical Malpractice Claims and Payments in Alaska?

Over the past 30 years, nearly 3,000 adverse action reports (AARs) have been submitted in Alaska, detailing enforcement actions against medical providers. On top of that, many patients have taken a caregiver to court after a bad outcome. Since 1990, our state has seen over 700 doctors or other healthcare professionals pay settlements to patients after a malpractice claim.

AAR numbers have been on an upward trend during the observed time period. Medical malpractice payments, on the other hand, have seen a small decrease. This doesn’t necessarily mean instances of malpractice have decreased, as many patients who have standing to bring a suit choose to abstain. However, average claim rates have stayed fairly low.

In Alaska, around 25 claims are made per million residents each year. Combined, doctors pay an average of $8.5 million to resolve complaints. Alaska limited non-economic damages (pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, punitive measures, etc.) recently, causing payment averages to drop, but there are no caps on economic damages. If you’re injured by a doctor’s negligence, you may be able to receive the full amount of your medical and other related costs.

Alaska's Medical Malpractice Laws

It is important to remember that poor medical results do not always indicate that malpractice occurred. Under Alaska Statutes section 09.55.540, medical malpractice claims must satisfy several elements to be valid.

To prove medical malpractice in Alaska, you must provide evidence that:

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed between you and the defendant
  • The defendant failed to adhere to the appropriate medical standard of care that a similar healthcare provider would have provided
  • This breach of care caused you to suffer damages that otherwise would not have been incurred

While they may seem simple, proving these elements can be a highly complex process requiring expert witness testimony, thorough investigations of medical records, and an intimate understanding of medical malpractice case law.

What Is the Difference Between Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence?

Can you sue a negligent doctor for malpractice, or do they have to willfully cause damage? Under Alaska law, a doctor’s intent doesn’t matter so much as their performance. If they fail to follow the standards expected of someone in their position or don’t provide the care necessary to avoid further risks, you may be able to take action.

An analysis of hospital data has shown that medical malpractice can be catastrophic:

Most of these tragedies aren’t caused by a doctor who is willfully, or even recklessly, endangering patients. However, faulty systems, a disregard for standard procedure, or clinician inattention can have just as much impact on patient health. The one major difference between negligence and maltreatment suits lies in the damages: a doctor who made a mistake is much less likely to get hit with punitive damages than one who knew they were doing the wrong thing but did it anyway.

Alaska Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

Alaska has a two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims, meaning that you must file a claim in civil court within two years of the date that the malpractice occurred to pursue damages. If you file a claim after this deadline expires, your case will most likely be dismissed and you will be unable to seek legal recourse.

Alaska's medical malpractice statute of limitations can sometimes be extended if:

  • You did not discover the malpractice until sometime after it occurred
  • The malpractice victim was a child under 8 years old
  • The defendant left the state after committing the malpractice
  • The malpractice involved extreme negligence, was intentional or was intentionally hidden

Since adhering to this deadline can make or break your case, it is important you speak to an Anchorage medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.

Damages for Medical Malpractice in Alaska

Medical malpractice victims in Alaska can seek compensation for a variety of damages, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost earnings
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium are subject to a cap of $250,000. The Non-economic damages cap can sometimes increase but not exceed $400,000 in cases where wrongful death or severe permanent physical impairment that is more than 70 percent disabling occurs. It is important to consult with my firm to get a more accurate idea of your potential recovery.

For an experienced Alaska medical malpractice attorney that will fight for your rights, contact me today at (888) 295-6566.

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