We rely on our medical professionals to give us the best possible health care. When something goes wrong, a mistake caused by a negligent medical professional can have long term consequences. Medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and Florida is no exception. If you were injured while under the care of a medical professional, consider consulting our law firm to discuss your options.
Defining Medical Malpractice
Let’s start by taking a look at the definition of medical malpractice. Determining whether an incident could be considered malpractice can be confusing. The defining trait of malpractice is the intent to perform an action while knowing that it could harm the patient. A successful case requires proof that the medical practitioner deviated from the standard of care or displayed medical negligence.
Examples Of Medical Malpractice
There are multiple ways in which medical malpractice can take place in the operating room. For example, doctors may forget to remove gauze before closing a wound. These retained surgical bodies, or RSBs, might be more common than you think, and can constitute as medical malpractice.
Here is a quick list of the potential medical treatment scenarios that could constitute medical malpractice, and therefore require a lawyer.
- Pulling the wrong tooth: Due to incorrect X-ray readings or lapse in judgement, the wrong tooth is removed. This misguided medical care can cause unnecessary burden to the patient.
- Misdiagnosis: An incorrect diagnosis can lead to improper care and erroneous treatment. This is one of the more common medical errors that lead to a medical malpractice case.
- Lack of informed consent: Patients deserve a clear understanding of the risks associated with any medical procedure. A lack of information or communication from medical staff may lead to misguided or misinformed consent.
- Hospital acquired infections (HAI): Improper care from medical personnel, doctors, and nurses can result in an HAI.
If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, consult our personal injury lawyers to review the details of your case.
Considerations Before Calling A Law Office
In order to secure compensation for your injuries, your attorney must prove that a medical practitioner’s negligence caused direct harm. Our attorneys recommend preserving as much evidence as possible. Evidence can include medical records from the hospital, signed waivers, and documents from your insurance company.
You’ll also need to analyze whether pursuing the medical malpractice claim is optimal for your well-being. Legal processes are long and challenging—and do not always lead to a successful medical malpractice lawsuit. With the decreased quality of life from medical malpractices, monetary and physical concerns should be assessed.
Our attorneys specialize in personal injury and medical malpractice, so we can evaluate the critical elements of your incident. This can help you determine whether or not you have a case. If you suspect medical malpractice, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to determine the strength of your case. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we treat clients like family, and you’ll get to know everyone involved in your malpractice case. To get started, contact our experienced medical malpractice attorneys online or call 251-1111.