Medical malpractice covers any personal injury suffered at the hands of medical professionals, and usually have lifelong physical and emotional consequences. There are many different types of injuries that are a result of medical negligence and malpractice.
As a Florida resident, you have the right to seek compensation if your doctor or any medical care personnel provides below standard or negligent care, abusing the trust you have placed in them. Zervos & Calta Personal Injury Law Firm represents victims who have been harmed due to medical negligence or accidents, or those with a family member who has died as a result. Our attorneys have experience in this area of law and have successfully won cases against insurance companies and the doctors and hospitals they represent. Let us help you get fair compensation for your financial loss.
Unfortunately, cases of medical malpractice happen every day throughout the state of Florida at an alarming rate. The victims of this are the patients who got worse from their illness or injury, suffered additional harm, or died because of negligent or incorrect actions by their medical providers.
In order for a case to be deemed medical malpractice, there must have been negligence on the part of the medical provider, which caused harm or injury to the patient. Even if a doctor did make a mistake or you are unhappy with the care received, that isn’t enough to bring a claim against them if no harm was caused as a result. If you are unsure whether the particulars of your case are enough to bring charges, please come in for a free consultation so we can go over your situation and give you advice about how to proceed.
Failure to diagnose. When a doctor doesn’t accurately diagnose a condition, it typically goes untreated. Many illnesses that could have been treated if they had been diagnosed correctly continue to worsen and can be fatal. One estimate is that up to 20 percent of fatal illnesses are misdiagnosed.
Incorrect treatment. When the treatment administered is either wrong and not what other doctors would have done, or if the treatment is not administered correctly or in a competent manner.
Not warning a patient of risks. Doctors should always inform a patient of the known risks of a treatment or a procedure. Failure to do so constitutes malpractice if the patient suffers harm and would have elected not to have it had they had been informed.
Medication or drug errors. Problems can happen when a doctor doesn’t check what other medications a patient is taking and prescribes a medication that interacts adversely. The wrong dose could be prescribed, or the wrong medication could be administered while a patient is in nursing homes or the hospital. Medication or drug errors make up 4 percent of all medical malpractice cases filed, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank.
Anesthesia errors. Mistakes by the medical professional responsible for anesthesia during a surgery can cause complications during the surgery, even leading to wrongful death.
Defective medical products. This includes any type of implant, transplant, prosthetics, and surgical supplies that can be defective and cause problems.
Surgical errors. Mistakes can happen during and after surgery by any of the surgical team. When it leads to complications there may be grounds for a malpractice claim.
Childbirth errors and injuries. Many infant injuries can be caused by malpractice or negligence, and just as often they are caused by something else. Negligence on the part of the doctor can happen when they fail to diagnose a medical condition of the mother or baby, or fail to anticipate or respond to complications during childbirth.
Medical malpractice cases most often will go to trial because the insurance companies have a strong motivation to deny any claim. There is a lot of money at stake and they have large resources to fight to keep it. Our attorneys are not intimidated by these insurance companies and are experienced and successful litigators in the courtroom. If you have suffered injury or harm as a result of medical malpractice, our medical malpractice lawyers can help you pursue compensation for damages.
It’s important to start working with our medical malpractice attorneys as soon as possible after the incident has occurred. Call our law firm to find out what your legal rights are and if you have the basis for a medical malpractice claim.
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