Medical errors injure millions of Americans each year, sometimes with serious consequences.
Medical malpractice is a form of professional negligence that involves medical professionals department from the accepted standard of care. These types of cases differ from ordinary personal injury cases in that the standard against which a medical professional is judged takes into account the standards accepted by the profession rather than the general standard of a “reasonable person.” As a result, expert witnesses are often indispensable in medical malpractice cases in order to educate judge and jury as to what the appropriate standard of care should be.
It is important for people who have been injured in a medical setting to understand that not all medical errors rise to the level of medical malpractice. If a physician or other medical professional makes a mistake, but that mistake is deemed to be a reasonable mistake in light of the circumstances, it is possible that a patient injured by this mistake would not be able to recover. The most effective way to determine whether you have a medical malpractice claim after sustaining an injury while receiving medical treatment is to have your case evaluated by an experienced St. Petersburg medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
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There are many potential scenarios that could lead to an injury that gives rise to a valid medical malpractice claim.
Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
A significant percentage of medical malpractice claims are the result of a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a patient’s medical condition. When this occurs, it can result in a victim failing to receive medical treatment that may have prevented him or her from experiencing significant harm. In many cases, the key to establishing medical malpractice to determine what the physician knew or should have known and whether a reasonably skilled physician would have conducted himself or herself in a similar manner. Sometimes, these cases involve a physician simply missing a particular diagnosis, while, in others, they involve a doctor failing to order certain tests that would normally be ordered according to the accepted standard of care.
Surgical errors occur when a physician makes an error during a surgical procedure. Common examples of surgical errors include leaving objects or instruments inside a patient’s body, operating on the wrong body part, making technical errors during the procedure itself, or failing to sterilize surgical instruments.
Medication errors are responsible for a significant number of medical malpractice claims each year. They can occur in a variety of ways, including prescribing the wrong medication, the wrong dosage, failing to check for interactions between medications, or negligent administration of medication.
Malpractice that resulting in birth injuries
One of the more specific types of medical malpractice claims that are brought on a regular basis involve medical negligence that occurs during childbirth or during pregnancy. These types of errors have the potential to cause lifelong issues for affected newborns and may seriously jeopardize the well-being of the mother.
Individuals who have been injured by the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional may be able to recover significant compensation for their injuries and other associated losses. Because of the complicated legal and medical issues that often arise in Florida medical malpractice cases, it is highly advisable for anyone injured by medical malpractice to retain an experienced attorney that has a track record of success representing clients injured in a medical setting. The lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are committed to protecting the rights of people who are injured in preventable accidents and work hard to get each client we represent the full value of their legal claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (727) 451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.