Florida has a vast population of elder retired people that use doctor and hospital services. Because of this increase in medical care we could expect and increase in medical malpractice. It is important for caregivers and children of seniors to understand what medical malpractice is. Medical malpractice can effect families and individuals of all ages including birth errors and orthopedic surgery errors.
What is Florida Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice happens when a hospital, doctor or other health care provider, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to you or a loved one. This negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or health management.
When Can I Sue For Medical Malpractice?
There Must Be A Violation of the Standard of Care
You have the right to expect that health care professionals will deliver care that is consistent with the accepted standards of care . If it is determined that the standard of care has not been met, then a negligence claim may be established.
Injury Caused By Negligence
For a medical malpractice claim to be valid, it is not sufficient that a health care provider to have violated the standard of care. Your medical malpractice lawyer must be able to prove you sustained an injury that would not have occurred in the absence of negligence. The negligence must have caused the injury. If there is an injury without negligence or negligence that did not cause an injury, there is no case.
The Malprctice Resulted in Significant Injury The Negligence Resulted In Death
For your malpractice case to be accepted by a malpractice lawyer significant damages must have resulted from the injury received due to the medical negligence. If the damages are small, the cost of pursuing the case may not be considered worth it to the lawyer. To pursue a medical malpractice claim, you must show that the injury resulted in disability, loss of income, unusual pain, suffering and hardship, significant past and future medical bills or death.
Good Medical Malpractice Claims
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis,
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results,
- Unnecessary surgery,
- Surgical errors or wrong site surgery,
- Improper medication or dosage,
- Poor follow-up or aftercare,
- Premature discharge,
- Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history,
- Failure to order proper testing,
- Failure to recognize symptoms,
- Birth error
Choose a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you believe that you or a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice resulting in serious injury, you should consult a medical malpractice attorney immediately