The Cochran Firm Metairie
New Orleans, Louisiana

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A Medical Malpractice Powerhouse

The Cochran Firm Metairie is truly a specialist in medical practice cases. Not only was senior managing partner Jeffrey Mitchell hand-picked by the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. to chair the medical malpractice section of the 30-office Cochran Firm, but the Metairie office is one of only 13 firms in the state of Louisiana to boast of a board-certified managing partner to handle medical malpractice cases.

Experienced Legal Team

Mr. Mitchell was the Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to Mitchell, Deborah Lavender is a partner in the firm, both of whom have more than 20 years of experience handling medical malpractice cases. The Cochran Firm Metairie also employs two consulting physicians.

Award-Winning Record

Mr. Mitchell was just selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 3.9 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. Mr Mitchell was also just selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers. Only five percent of the attorneys in the state are named to the list. Mr. Mitchell has been selected as a National Finalist of the Lawdragon’s annual guide to the Leading Lawyers in America. Approximately 3,000 lawyers are awarded the status of National Finalist each year out of the 1.1 million U.S. lawyers. Lawdragon selected the National Finalists (also known as the Lawdragon 3000) from more than 25,000 nominees who were identified through independent research and online submissions, then selected through an intensive three-month peer review, client evaluation and editorial process. Mr. Mitchell is also the recipient of the prestigious Leadership in Law award for 2010. This award is given to the Top 50 attorneys in New Orleans as judged by a panel of professionals at New Orleans City Business Magazine. Mr. Mitchell was also named to the American Trial Lawyers Top 100 trial lawyers from 2007-2010. In December 2009, Mr. Mitchell was named as one of the Top Lawyers in Medical Malpractice by New Orleans Magazine.

Teaching Other Attorneys

Mr. Mitchell is a frequent lecturer and teacher on issues of medical malpractice to other attorneys. He has had numerous articles published in local newspapers and magazines. Every year he gives a seminar on medical malpractice issues in Louisiana to a group of local judges and attorneys. Mr. Mitchell was also invited to appear on a local radio show to discuss medical malpractice issues with callers. Board Certified in Medical Malpractice in the state of Louisiana.

When it comes to medical malpractice, Jeffrey Mitchell is Your New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney.

Only 13 lawyers in Louisiana are board certified to handle medical malpractice claims. Mr. Mitchell is one of those attorneys. Although Mr. Mitchell handles medical malpractice cases throughout the State of Louisiana, his offices are located in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. With his expertise, experience and numerous awards, Jeffrey Mitchell is The New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney who can assist you with your claim.

Your New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help You Through the Complex and Difficult Medical Malpractice Laws in Louisiana

In order to maintain an action for medical malpractice in Louisiana, your New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney has the burden of proving that a health care provider breached the standard of care. A breach of the standard of care occurs when the health care provider fails to use the same reasonable care, diligence and skill as a similarly situated health care provider under similar circumstances.

However, not every bad outcome automatically means that malpractice was committed. Patients may suffer complications which can leave them with devastating injuries. Most complications are not considered to be malpractice, but accepted risks of the procedure. They are usually even listed on the consent form. How are you supposed to know the difference between a bad outcome and medical malpractice? This is where your experienced New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney can come to your aid.

Louisiana law places a cap of $500,000 on the damages a patient may recover in a medical malpractice action. That cap includes not only all general damages like pain and suffering , but also lost wages. Future medical care is not covered by the Louisiana cap on damages. However, future medical care is not paid in a lump sum. It is paid as the expenses are incurred. This cap has been in place in Louisiana since 1975 and has never been adjusted for inflation or raised. Punitive damages, or damages designed to punish a wrong-doer for his bad conduct are not recoverable in Louisiana.

Licenses / Credentials:
• Licensed to practice law in the Louisiana Supreme Court and all Louisiana State and Federal Courts
• Licensed to practice law in the United States Court of Federal Claims
• Licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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Mr. Mitchell (Jeffrey) is still representing me in this case. It has been ongoing for almost seven years. Jeffrey began my representation in 2003. For various reasons, other attorneys within his firm represented me. About a year ago, the attorney assigned to me had to resign. I was quite upset, but Jeffrey was kind enough to take my case, and to reassure me. Putting my fears to rest, he has proceeded with gusto to get the case settled. He has always kept me informed. He has shown tremendous knowledge of the law, as well as the medical aspects of the suit. When I had to give my deposition in front of three attorneys, representing three different doctors, he educated me thoroughly, allowing me to relax and show my belief in myself and my suit. Beyond any doubt, it was because of Jeffrey that I was able to answer questions confidently, while revealing my integrity to those other lawyers. He has supported me in every possible manner. I feel my suit will finally be settled this year because Mr. Mitchell is going to do what needs to be done to get it settled without further delays. The qualities I most admire in Mr. Mitchell is his body of knowledge and his professionalism. His depositions are truly works of art. He is always sure I understand what is happening and what needs to be done next. He makes time for me when I have a question, or when I need clarification on anything. He never puts me off; he demonstrates that not only is my case important to him, but that I definitely matter to him. There is no higher compliment I could give him than this: Jeffrey Mitchell gives lawyers a good name. He is an intelligent man, a "legal artist" with an amazing ability, and he presents these qualities to his clients, while showing a kindness that touches one's heart.
Marilyn O.
Jeff is an outstanding attorney, with significant experience handling medical malpractice and other matters for injured plaintiffs. He is of high moral character and conducts his practice according to strict ethical standards.
J. Michael Robinson (opposing counsel)
He is one of the premier practitioners of medical malpractice law in Louisiana; I would not hesitate to have him represent me or my family.
Donald P. - Past President - Louisiana Association for Justice
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