Medical malpractice cases are some of the most difficult cases to litigate.
Whether you were treated reasonably or not by a medical provider is a very technical question, and only becomes more technical when sub-specialties or multiple specialties are involved, such as a pediatric neurosurgeon or when an anesthesiologist, thoracic surgeon, and cardiologist are all involved in one case. Multiple expert witnesses will be required to testify exactly what should have happened, and why the occurrence of a seemingly-common complication or end result was not so "common" after all.
Unfortunately, there is a national trend underway to limit the compensation of victims of medical malpractice through caps on awards of "non-economic" damages, a drier term for the immense pain and suffering one often must endure for life due to such malpractice. Worse, the insurance companies that defend medical providers have begun to take a hard line, unyielding approach to settling malpractice claims even in the face of overwhelming evidence of negligence. It is critical, now more than ever, that you find an experienced medical malpractice attorney that can go the distance with your fight for justice.
If you feel you or a loved one may have been the victim of medical malpractice, please call 602-412-5775 (toll free 866-972-3212) or email and we can set up a free consultation.
There are multiple avenues for a medical provider to commit malpractice. Medical malpractice issues may include:
- Surgical errors
- Erroneous placement of surgical hardware or placement of inappropriate hardware
- Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of condition
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injury, including negligent prenatal care
- Hospital-related malpractice (emergency room errors, hospital-acquired infections, premature discharge from facility)
- Radiology errors (failure to properly review x-ray, MRI, CT or PET imaging)
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Wrongful death caused by one or more of these issues listed above
- Surgeon Scorecard--Check out your physician or hospital to see where they rank.
- Physician Search (MD, DO, or PA)--Arizona Medical Board search tool to determine licensure and potential disciplinary action.
- Nurse Search (RN, LPN, CNA)--Arizona Board of Nursing search tool to determine licensure and potential disciplinary action.
- Maricopa County Superior Court (Civil Court Cases)--Check to see if your medical provider or facility has been sued in the past for similar claims.
In our case, the negligence was two-fold. The medication our Mother was prescribed after a successful stent placement was not prescribed and monitored per the manufacture’s guidelines. Our many calls to the doctor reporting her steady decline went mostly unanswered, when we did get through, we were told that rest and patience was what was needed. Shortly thereafter, toxicity to the medication stopped her heart. While resuscitation was successful, our Mother will never be the same. The damage to her body and mind is irreparable.
My family reached out to many (many!) firms who advertised client advocacy and compassion only to be told “there’s no money in it” and “it’s not winnable”. Our primary motivation was to somehow try to force a change to the practice and communication breakdown and secondarily, to get the financial and medical help with the constant care required as a result. Enter Fred Rispoli.
Fred Rispoli is a first-class professional who truly leads with compassion. After our relief of realizing we found the firm and support who was willing to listen, we immediately saw he meant business. He engaged immediately and we quickly saw that he was respected by the opposition and he was on a mission! We worked in tandem to keep our family’s primary goal in focus. Our voices were heard by the Medical Board and, coupled with Fred’s representation on the legal side, the outcome was a win-win.
Thanks to Rispoli Law, our family survived a horrific ordeal and, our Mother’s payout was delayed by ten days because the bank (the bank!) didn’t carry the amount of money on hand that Mom put on the “Cash back” line of the deposit slip. That’s a fact.
Exceeded every expectation!
I spoke with 4 other attorneys at length before hiring Fred. It was a sensitive case and discretion was extremely important to me, as well as finding someone who listened, respected my concerns and yet had the # of wins that I felt confident he would be able to handle it. From all the research I had done and talking at great length to so many others, when I spoke with Fred, he REALLY knew his stuff. He also took as much time as I needed whenever I called, and was able to approach the case with the discretion I needed to even pursue it, but also with the experience to know how to get it settled reasonably.
His right hand support (paralegal) Susie worked by the same code of ethics and customer service. Prior to this, I had never pursued legal action and really thought long and hard about it--but it was so egregious I had to move forward IF I could find someone I could respect and trust. You hear so many awful stories. But I can honestly tell you, he truly cares and has the empathy to support you from beginning to end. I cannot give him a high enough rating. Every step along the way, he asked for my approval and changed things when I asked or explained why he wanted to approach it a certain way and then we went ahead.
If you think you have a case that can be pursued, these are the people you want representing you. He really does care, and will make sure the right thing happens. His handling of the case made a bad experience so much easier to get through. Call him, you won't be disappointed, he's the real deal!...I am really grateful!.....I have to add that for him, this was a small case, yet he never made me feel that way--it was as important to him that no one is treated that way ever again.
Attorney Rispoli and I have worked on legal cases together and I chose to work with him because of his vast experience and knowledge as a litigator, but also his rapport with my client. He truly stands out as a trial attorney and one who I would not hesitate for a moment to work with again to represent injured clients.