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Maine Physician Error Lawyer

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Because of the education, training and skill that doctors have, we trust that these health care professionals will perform at an appropriate standard of care. However, every year, hundreds of people in the state of Maine suffer life-altering injuries or complications when a doctor makes an error in judgment or is careless in a patient's treatment.

The attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott have years of experience with representing clients who are victims of physician error. We have seen medical mistakes arise in a variety of circumstances when doctors fail to:

  • Review a patient’s full medical history or conduct a physical exam;
  • Order diagnostic tests or properly interpret the results of those tests;
  • Create a follow-up plan with the patient;
  • Follow proper surgical procedures;
  • Provide crucial information to another doctor who is working with the patient.

While physician errors can arise in any number of circumstances, the most common ones are:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth;
  • Heart conditions and heart surgery;
  • Cancer diagnosis and treatment;
  • Intestinal surgical operations, such as gastric bypass surgery;
  • Cosmetic procedures.

A physician’s error can lead to serious, long-term medical complications that are costly, including birth injury, internal bleeding, organ failure, oxygen deprivation, brain injury or death. The victims of those mistakes may face more medical bills, a higher cost of prescription medicines and a lost income because of time away from work.

A medical malpractice in Maine must be filed within three years after the date of the act or omission that caused the injury. When the claim is based on the leaving of a foreign object in the body, however, the clock does not start until the patient discovers or reasonably should have discovered the harm.

Actions for injuries to a child must be filed within six years after the date of the health-care professional’s act or omission or within three years after the child reaches the age of majority, whichever occurs first.

Since 1853, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott has been an integral part of Maine, building strong relationships and contributing to the communities we serve.  We fight to protect the rights of injured people and their families. We have a history of achieving successful results for our clients in physician error cases throughout the state of Maine, including Auburn, Rockland, Waterville, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Biddeford, Portland and South Portland.

If you or a family member has suffered injury as the result of a physician’s error, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.