Medical malpractice is an extremely complex and difficult aspect of the law in Florida. An experienced Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyer can seek damages for lost wages, irrelevant medical costs and pain and suffering for victims of medical malpractice, and is critical to make sure you get the proper representation.
When you see a doctor or other medical professional for an injury or illness, stay in a Hospital for extended treatment, or undergo an outgoing procedure, you should expect a certain standard of care. Medical malpractice is a form of negligence where an injury or death results from the failure of a medical professional or medical facility (doctor, nurse, medical technician, Hospital, psychiatrist, or healthcare facility) to exercise adequate care, skill or diligence in performing a duty. Physicians, nurses, hospitals, dentists, mental health providers, therapists, and other medical professionals who make errors or fail to provide acceptable care may be guilty of medical malpractice.
In Florida, in order to prove that you were injured due to the failure of a health provider, you must show that the healthcare provider failed to exercise reasonable care and that the failure to provide appropriate care was the proximate cause of the injury.
Causes of Medical Malpractice
Over 200,000 American lives per year are harmed due to errors in medication, unnecessary surgery, hospital errors and harmful effects from medication. Over 15% of medical malpractice victims do not even file a lawsuit.
There are several different causes of Medical Malpractice, as well as a wide variety of situations where a doctor’s error in diagnosis, failure to act, or other medical error that can lead to a very severe injury to a patient. Medical malpractice can result in a worsening of the condition being treated, additional injury or illness, and even death. There are a wide variety of medical malpractice causes; however, common causes of medical malpractice include the following:
- Errors in Anesthesia
- Mistake during childbirth
- Improper or inadequate treatment
- Failure to treat appendicitis
- Undiagnosed heart disease
- Misuse of medications
- Unsanitary or unclean conditions
- Failure to diagnose cancer or other condition
- Inadequate training of hospital staff
- Misdiagnosis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Human error
While this is not an exhaustive list of situations where a physician’s mistake in diagnosis, failure to act, or other error in their medical practice can lead to an injury to his or her patient. However, all of these causes may be negligence and can lead to severe, life altering injury or death.
If you are injured or become ill as the result of medical negligence, or have lost a loved-one due to the medical negligence of another, you may have the right to pursue compensation. Hospital facilities, Physicians, and other medical professionals carry liability insurance for this exact reason. Since insurance companies that carry the insurance for medical professionals and hospitals will vigorously defend against a medical malpractice claim, it is extremely important that anyone that wishes to pursue a medical negligence suit get the legal advance of an attorney who has significant experience in this field.
If you suspect that you or a loved on is the victim of medical malpractice, please do not hesitate to contact us or fill out a case evaluation for today! Our experienced team of lawyer will give you the legal support and guidance you need, as well as help you get the compensation you deserve.