If you were under the care of a doctor and they provided you with substandard care, made an error or committed an act of negligence, you could have a medical malpractice case. Medical malpractice is defined as the failure of a medical professional to uphold their duty of care to their patient. An example of medical malpractice would be a doctor failing to diagnose an illness that they reasonably should have, resulting in a prevention of necessary treatment.
Another example of medical malpractice could be misdiagnosis where the patient receives the wrong treatment entirely. Some medical malpractice cases even involve the lack of informed consent. In these cases, a doctor may give a patient treatment that they did not authorize or have them agree to treatment when they were not given the information necessary to make an informed decision.
Statistics show that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die in hospitals every year due to preventable medical errors, and approximately 5% of U.S. doctors are responsible for 54% of all malpractice. Medical malpractice and medical errors in hospitals costs society an average of $17 billion to $29 billion ever year, and yet only one in eight injured victims ever files a malpractice claim.
There are numerous types of medical malpractice lawsuits that a patient may be forced to consider after they have suffered harm, and our firm is here to help you understand each type of malpractice and the proof required in order to recover compensation.
Some of the types of malpractice cases that our skilled Coral Gables injury lawyer handles include the following:
When a medical professional or doctor acts in a negligent or reckless manner during the birth of your child, your child can suffer severe injury that lasts for the rest of their life. These injuries can include failure to respond to fetal distress, asphyxia at birth, fetal heart rate abnormalities, and other injuries.
This type of malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to properly diagnose a medical condition, illness or injury that should have reasonably been diagnosed, and this misdiagnosis leads to incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or no treatment at all. Misdiagnosis of cancer or other life-threatening conditions will usually have a substantial impact on your future, and you deserve justice and compensation for what you are going through.
According to a study by John Hopkins University School of Medicine, surgeons make mistakes more than 4,000 times every year in our country. These mistakes include cutting through muscle tendons, operating on the wrong limb, operating on the wrong patient, etc. Patients can and usually do suffer serious harm when errors occur.
When patients are given the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a certain medicine, it can do more harm than good. Medication errors contribute to the death of approximately 7,000 people every year, and these incidents are not to be taken lightly. These incidents can happen when hospitals and clinics are understaffed or when the staff is undertrained, and action must be taken immediately if you have suffered from a medication error.
When injured or suffering from an illness, we as a society rely on doctors and medical professionals to help us. In situations where they do not have our best interests at heart and/or treat us with negligence, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. The truth is that in order to have the best possible chance of receiving the compensation and justice you deserve, you need a lawyer for your medical malpractice case in Coral Gables. If you have found yourself in this unfortunate situation, please do not waste any time in contacting Mesa Law Firm.
With 15 years of experience, we are able to handle cases involving medical malpractice and negligence. We understand exactly how to help protect the rights of our clients and are prepared to put our vast experience to work for victims and their families. At our firm, we are committed to securing our clients the maximum verdict or settlement possible.
So if you are interested in discussing your potential case with a seasoned legal professional, contact us today!