Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider causes injury or death as a result of negligence. This may include mistakes in diagnosis, improper treatment, failure to inform the patient of treatment risks or side effects, or failure to use necessary equipment or tools.

At the Doctor Lawyer Firm, we believe it’s important to be informed on these matters. Here, we will discuss the basics of what constitutes medical malpractice and how it can affect your health and wellbeing. 

If you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, you should contact us right away. You could be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. If it’s determined that medical malpractice resulted in your injury, we will fight to get you the maximum compensation. 

Read on to learn more about medical malpractice and why you need to be aware of its consequences. If you still have questions after reading this guide, we invite you to contact us to discuss your case further.

What Is Medical Malpractice? 

In the United States, medical malpractice is a legal term that refers to errors or omissions of medical providers. This can include mistakes in diagnosis and treatment, failure to warn patients about potential risks, or failure to follow up with patients after their care.

A doctor may be liable if there’s reason to believe they had a duty to warn their patient of an injury. In order for a doctor to be liable for negligence, they must have acted negligently. Moreover, they must not have taken reasonable steps to make sure that their conduct did not put the patient at risk for harm. They also need to have failed because they were unable or unwilling to do so.

Medical Malpractice and Your Rights

To better understand the legal consequences of medical malpractice, you must first understand how it’s defined. Generally speaking, medical malpractice is a lack of skill or judgment that causes injury to another person and results in harm to the patient.

It can occur in any type of healthcare setting, from a dentist’s office to an emergency room. In most cases, it is not clear whether the patient was injured due to negligence by the professional or whether it was caused by some other cause, such as a common illness or an accident.

If you have suffered injuries as a result of medical malpractice, there are certain rights that you may have under the law. That’s where you need to speak with an experienced medical error attorney who can walk you through your case and help you understand your rights. What’s most important is that you don’t convince yourself that you have no legal recourse. If you were legitimately injured due to a medical provider’s negligence, you deserve to be made whole.

The Devastating Effects of Medical Malpractice

It’s not uncommon for people to blame their health problems on the negligence of medical providers. But in the event of actual medical malpractice, the effects can be devastating. So let’s take a moment to discuss how it can negatively impact you.

Death

The most obvious way medical malpractice can negatively impact a patient is through death. In the United States, medical malpractice claims are usually filed by the family or legal representative of a victim who was seriously injured or killed as a result of an injury sustained by another person. 

This includes people who suffered injuries while they were in the care of a healthcare provider, such as an emergency room doctor, hospital nurse, or physician’s assistant. The injured party can also file a claim for negligence.

Florida law requires that any claim filed must be made within two years after the date of the injury and within two years after the date of death of the deceased person. Obviously, this is important because it means that victims cannot simply wait until they’re ready to file suit before they begin seeking financial compensation.

Other injuries could occur that muddy the waters of litigation, so the sooner you file your claim with a medical error attorney, the better.

Disability 

A disability is a condition that makes it difficult to carry out all the normal duties of an occupation. It can be physical, mental, or both. In the case of medical negligence, a patient could suffer a disability as a result, requiring litigation to determine who is at fault.

While this may seem like a tall order, an experienced medical error attorney can help uncover the truth and prove to the court that a medical provider is to blame for the patient’s disability.

Emotional Pain and Suffering

The term “medical malpractice” often conjures up images of a doctor performing an operation that results in death or injury to the patient. But it’s also possible for medical providers to cause emotional pain and suffering through their actions.

Medical malpractice can occur due to several factors, including:

  • Failure to inform the patient of risks or side effects
  • Failure to provide necessary equipment or tools
  • Negligence in ensuring that the patient has been informed of available therapies
  • Negligence in providing care during an emergency situation

It’s understandable if you feel overwhelmed at the thought of taking on the medical establishment. At the Doctor Lawyer Firm, our experience allows us to assist you so that you can file your claim in confidence.

Are You a Victim of Medical Malpractice?

You need a law firm that has experience in both the medical and legal fields. At the Doctor Lawyer Firm, that’s exactly what you get. Leading the charge at the Doctor Lawyer Firm are:

Matthew Sowell: One of the few Florida lawyers certified by the Florida Bar and the American Board of Professional Liability. He is also the founding chairman of the Stroke Litigation Group.

Fadi Chakour: A former medical doctor who left the field to practice law in medical malpractice litigation. As a doctor, he treated many patients and loved ones who were injured due to the negligence of other physicians.

Combined, the team of Sowell and Chakour brings extensive knowledge, experience, and insight to the table, ensuring that you’re getting expert legal counsel in all matters concerning medical malpractice.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury because of medical malpractice, we invite you to call the Doctor Lawyer Firm right away at 1-833-MedMals. You may also fill out our online contact form to get started.

The information in this blog post is for reference only and not legal advice. As such, you should not decide whether to contact a lawyer based on the information in this blog post. Moreover, there is no lawyer-client relationship resulting from this blog post, nor should any such relationship be implied. If you need legal counsel, please consult a lawyer licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.