The Right Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Your Claim
What is Medical Malpractice?
Current estimates show that medical errors kill nearly 200,000 patients in the United States each year. Yet, for all these deaths, only 15 percent of personal injury lawsuits involve medical malpractice claims. Medical malpractice takes place when a doctor, hospital, or medical professional causes injury to a patient through negligence in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, or general case management. If you believe you’ve been a victim of malpractice, contact a medical malpractice attorney for immediate representation.
Choosing an experienced attorney is essential in malpractice cases. Your attorney will review all details necessary to file a claim, including medical records, possible witnesses, and involved health professionals.
At Dennis A. Lopez & Associates, our team has more than 30 years of experience in personal injury cases. We are fully dedicated to your case, your health, and your well-being. Call our team at (813) 223-1977 for a free consultation.
Requirements to Prove Malpractice
In order to be considered medical malpractice, a claim must include the following characteristics:
- A violation of the standard of care. In the world of medicine, certain medical standards are widely accepted. Together, these are known as the “standard of care.” As a patient, you have the right to assume all medical professionals involved in your case will follow the standard of care at all times. If you believe the standard of care was violated during your treatment, contact a medical malpractice attorney for representation.
- An injury caused by negligence. In order for a medical malpractice claim to hold up in court, a medical professional must not only violate the standard of care but also cause an injury that would not have occurred if the professional had paid closer attention.
- An injury resulting in significant damages. Because medical malpractice lawsuits are expensive to litigate (often requiring numerous medical experts for testimony), you must prove significant damage resulted from the injury due to negligence. Small damages are rarely worth pursuing a medical malpractice claim.
If your injury resulted in loss of income, unusual pain and suffering, significant medical bills, or a permanent disability, a medical malpractice attorney will devote time and attention to getting the compensation you deserve.
Examples of Malpractice
While medical malpractice covers a broad range of injuries, some common examples include:
- Premature Discharge
- Disregarding Patient History
- Failure to Order Proper Testing
- Failure to Recognize Symptoms
- Poor Follow-Up Care
- Failure to Diagnose
- Misreading Laboratory Results
- Unnecessary Surgery
- Improper Medication
Strong Malpractice Cases
Some examples of strong and common medical malpractice lawsuits include:
- Mistakes During Childbirth – During delivery, a patient can suffer dozens of unique injuries. In serious cases, a doctor must perform an immediate C-section. If the doctor delays, the baby could suffer severe injuries or even death.
- Anesthesia Errors – When a patient undergoes surgery, anaesthetic is given. Based on medical history, anesthesia may pose an increased risk to certain users. The vast majority of the time, medical health professionals will familiarize themselves with your medical history before agreeing to a surgical procedure. When a professional fails to do so, the patient can suffer serious (and sometimes fatal) damage.
- Failure to Diagnose Cancer – There are few things more dangerous in the medical community than failing to diagnose cancer. If a patient mentions a common symptom of cancer during an appointment, most medical health professionals immediately order a test. Failure to do so can limit future treatment options, resulting in a lower chance of survival, lost time from work, and severe emotional distress.
- Failure to Treat Appendicitis – When a patient suffering from abdominal pain enters the emergency room, appendicitis is usually assumed. If a patient is sent home instead of going into surgery, the possibility of death increases significantly.
- Misdiagnosed Disease – When any disease is misdiagnosed, the patient is given medication unfit to treat the real problem. Wrong medications or treatments can result in lasting or permanent damage.
These are just a few examples of medical malpractice lawsuits that have been successful in winning compensation in the past. For a better picture of your case, get in touch with a medical malpractice attorney as soon as you recognize the signs of malpractice.
Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney for Representation
In the state of Florida, you have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit after being injured by someone else’s neglect or wrongdoing. By letting this window close, you lose your chance to receive compensation for your injuries.If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice at the hands of a negligent medical professional, contact our medical malpractice attorney team at Dennis A. Lopez & Associates by calling (813) 223-1977.