Politicians and health care providers would like you to believe that malpractice cases are rare and that the entire subject is blown way out of proportion. However, this is completely untrue. In fact, medical malpractice has become one of the highest causes of death and injury in the United States. Each year thousands of people die or suffer major injuries and permanent damage as a result of medical mistakes.
Common forms of Medical Malpractice:
- birth injuries or wrongful death
- failure of professional skill that results in injury or loss or damage
- improper medication and dosages
- anesthesiologist mistakes
- diagnosis and surgical errors
- dereliction of professional duty
Another case for possible malpractice is if you did not give what is known as “informed consent” to a medical procedure that resulted in an injury, even if the procedure was done perfectly. Your doctor must inform you of all the potential benefits, risks and alternatives involved in any surgery or medical procedure.
Example: Your doctor doesn’t tell you that the surgery you are going to have has a chance of leaving you paralyzed. If the surgery does leave you paralyzed, the doctor may be liable even if your operation was done flawlessly because you were not informed of what could happen.
In Florida, you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years from the time of the original injury or after the injury was discovered.
As with any type of injury or accident, do not agree to sign any settlement or discuss your concerns, injuries or damages with anyone other than an attorney. Do not allow anyone representing your doctor, hospital or emergency room to record any statement until after you talk to our office. There is no charge for this initial consultation and We Will Come To You.