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Medical mistakes account for more than 250,000 deaths annually, and countless more patients needlessly suffer injuries, illnesses and complications as a result of emergency room and hospital errors each year. The consequences for these medical mistakes can be devastating, and patients who suffer due to medical malpractice deserve to receive full and fair compensation for their doctors’ mistakes.
Medical malpractice or negligence occurs when the actions of a medical provider, facility or physician or nurse, fall below, or deviate from the appropriate standard of care and cause an injury to the patient. Medical malpractice can take place in several ways. Some of the common types of medical malpractice include:
- Physician malpractice
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Nursing errors
- Anesthesia malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Medication errors
- Instruments left behind in the patient
- Hospital infections
Hospitals, medical professionals, and their insurance providers aggressively defend against medical malpractice lawsuits. A medical malpractice lawsuit can provide the much-needed compensation for victims and their families in addition to helping the fight against the human and financial costs of medical mistakes. Physicians, hospitals, and other practitioners and facilities need to be held responsible for their mistakes so that in the future, they will exercise greater care when treating other patients. As a result, it is very important that you have appropriate legal representation by your side if you or someone you love has suffered any of these acts.
Medical Malpractice in Florida
Simply having a poor outcome to a medical procedure does not mean that medical malpractice took place and you are entitled to recovery. Similarly, proving that your doctor made a grave error is not enough, nor is proving you are injured. You must also show that your doctor caused your injuries. In other words, there must a be a link between your doctor’s actions or omissions to the injuries sustained by you. If the following facts exist, then you may medical malpractice claim:
The person or doctor who treated you had a duty of care.
- The person or doctor who treated you breached his or her duty.
- Your injury or illness was caused by the doctor’s act or failure to act (omission).
- There were damages as a result of the doctor’s acts or omissions. Damages could be financial losses, personal injury or illness, or a combination of both. In short, the doctor’s acts or omissions must have resulted in some sort of harm.
Finally, our team recognizes that damages are not easily determined in any medical malpractice lawsuit. We understand that no dollar amount can replace what was lost. We also understand that pain, suffering, disabilities, disfigurement and loss of the enjoyment of your life may appear impossible to calculate.
Despite the aforesaid, our legal team will consider every possible factor that could render the highest possible settlement or verdict in your case. If you think you could potentially have a claim against your doctor, hospital, or other medical facility or professional, we urge you to contact our law offices for a free consultation concerning a possible claim. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys know what it takes to win these lengthy and complex cases and will fight on your behalf in order to produce the highest possible legal damages you are entitled to for your losses.
For a free consultation, please call us at the Law Office of Jose R. Fernandez, P.A.
Miami (305) 403-4422
Tallahassee (850) 577-0023