Serving Medical Malpractice Victims for More
Than 20 Years
Fighting for full and fair compensation for medical and surgical errors in Alaska
When a healthcare provider betrays a patient’s trust and inflicts harm through careless, substandard performance, the situation cries out for justice. Each year, victims of medical malpractice in Alaska suffer permanent, debilitating injuries, economic losses and even wrongful death because of preventable medical errors. These injured patients and their loved ones should not also suffer the emotional anguish that comes when the negligent party fails to accept responsibility. For more than 20 years, Dillon & Findley has worked on behalf of injured patients to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm they inflict. Our firm, located in Anchorage, has the experience and resources to litigate successfully against all manner of defendants, including prestigious and powerful medical institutions and the well-financed insurance companies that defend them.
Proving medical malpractice against a well-protected healthcare provider
From a standpoint of evidence, malpractice is challenging to prove because the plaintiff must establish several different elements of the case:
- Someone who was responsible for providing competent, professional care made an error.
- That error was the direct cause of harm to the patient.
- The harm done to the patient can only be properly compensated by a certain dollar amount.
To prove those points by a preponderance of the evidence would be difficult even against a passive defendant. It is a much more challenging task when you confront a prestigious hospital or well-known doctor backed by a big insurance company. Fortunately, Dillon & Findley has the legal and financial resources to match the toughest opponents. We are professional litigators with a long record of success in complex injury cases that require highly technical proof. Our medical malpractice lawyers have the skill and experience necessary to prosecute high-stakes cases involving:
Any time surgery is performed, surgical errors can occur. Many risks, however, are unnecessary and preventable, such as:
- Performing unnecessary surgery
- Negligently nicking or cutting nerves, arteries or organs
- Leaving surgical sponges or instruments in the patient
- Performing wrong-side or wrong-site surgery
- Causing or failing to recognize postoperative infections
Orthopedic injuries usually result from surgical mistakes during procedures involving bones and joints. In addition to the common mistakes listed above, a doctor may fail to correctly set a fracture or implant a defective artificial knee or hip.
Diagnostic errors are medical mistakes involving a failure to recognize a disease, injury, syndrome, infection or other condition.
Hospital negligence occurs when a systemic institutional problem such as poor management, oversight and training of the staff results in a lack of appropriate care, breakdowns in the continuity of care or substandard hospital conditions resulting in an injury to a patient. Hospital negligence also calls into question the organizations’ privileging and/or credentialing of unqualified or poor-performing doctors.
Prescription and medication errors
Errors in prescribing incorrect medications or dosage can have serious consequences. While manufacture and distribution of prescription drugs are highly regulated, prescription and medication mistakes are common.
Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)
When you have suffered harm as a result of actions by a federal employee or agency, the Federal Tort Claims Act is a highly complex law that allows lawsuits against US government entities and its employees.
A birth injury results from trauma as a direct result of the delivery or postdelivery care of an infant.
Brain and spinal cord injuries
Brain and spinal cord injuries include misdiagnoses or failure to treat bacterial meningitis, a stroke, an aneurysm or a cauda equina injury; unnecessary or excessively complex spine/back surgery; and surgical errors, including incisions, postoperative infections and hypoxia causing injury to the brain.
Dentists who fail to diagnose dental issues can cause great harm to their patients down the road. Mistakes during oral surgery can lead to infection, tooth loss, nerve damage and other complications. The misuse of anesthesia can cause injury and even death.
Call Dillon & Findley, P.C. today.
For medical malpractice cases, Dillon & Findley advances all litigation costs. You do not pay our attorney’s fees unless the case resolves favorably. Our office is located in downtown Anchorage near the U.S. District Court, Alaska Supreme Court and Alaska Superior Court.