Protecting Florida’s Medical Malpractice Victims
If you feel you have been injured by a doctor or someone working in a health care facility in Florida, you may be wondering if you have a case or not and if you need a personal injury lawyer. Medical malpractice can arise from something done to you or something a provider failed to do that was necessary for your care.
Under the law, you can seek compensation for injuries caused by medical malpractice. However, “med mal” cases generally take a lot of time and money to litigate, so it is usually unrealistic to sue for an injury that is considered minor or heals quickly.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
There are many ways in which a doctor or surgeon can make a preventable error. Some of the more common causes of medical negligence are:
- Missed or Late Diagnosis: If a doctor does not recognize a severe condition, the results could be fatal. For example, if cancer is found early enough, a patient generally stands a good recovery chance. But if a doctor fails to act on clear warning signs in a patient, he or she could be held liable if the cancer isn’t discovered until it’s too late.
- Wrong Diagnosis: Many medical problems manifest themselves in similar ways. If a doctor diagnoses what is easy instead of what is correct, they should have to answer for their decisions if the patient suffers as a result.
- Prescription Errors: With the thousands of available drugs for almost every conceivable ailment, it is almost inevitable that mistakes will happen when the prescriptions are filled. According to a study by the Institute of Medicine, an estimated 1.5 million patients are sickened, injured, or killed by being prescribed the wrong medication or dosage.
- Birth Injuries or Deaths: Birth injuries can result from many reasons, including misapplication of forceps or complications resulting from a breech birth or cesarean section. The injuries’ effects can be physical (as is the case with Erb’s Palsy) or can cause serious damage to the brain (cerebral palsy.)
A Meldon Law Attorney Can Handle Your Complex Medical Malpractice Case
If you have a legitimate case with serious injuries, you need an experienced attorney to navigate the powerful medical insurance world to win fair be compensation. Our Meldon Law attorneys have the necessary medical knowledge, extensive courtroom experience, and understanding of how insurance companies operate.