West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice
Under Florida law, all medical professionals and healthcare providers including doctors, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, and hospitals must exercise the appropriate standard of care. When they fail to live up to those standards, leaving you with a debilitating injury and ongoing pain and suffering, it can severely impact your health and your overall quality of life. You’ve entrusted your doctor to provide the care you need, yet now you are dealing with serious medical issues, compounded by more medical bills, financial stress, and an inability to enjoy a fulfilling life. Our job is to help you establish the medical standard of care and take all the necessary steps before filing a lawsuit.
Common Injuries From Medical Malpractice
Injuries from medical malpractice cases are wide ranging because they depend on the exact cause of damage. Below are some of the most common injuries arising from medical malpractice:
- Infections - often the result of contamination and sterilization issues in a hospital. If the surgical equipment used during a procedure is not sterile, it can cause infection at the site of incision or throughout the body.
- Incisions in the wrong patient - patients may undergo unnecessary surgery. This means the surgeon opens them up and works on some part of the body, which causes needless pain and recovery time for the wrong patient.
- Overdose or allergic reactions - hospitals have an obligation to ensure they prescribe the right medications to patients in the correct dosage. Failure to do so can lead to an overdose or a bad reaction to the specific medication.
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- Death - the most serious cases of medical malpractice can lead to fatal injuries. A few examples include inattention during serious surgical procedures, improper medication, or device malfunction.
Adults, children, and even infants are all at risk of sustaining serious injuries when they are victims of medical malpractice. It is important to fully understand your rights and available options if you’ve been hurt.
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The Florida Department of Elder Affairs provides an Elder Abuse Prevention Program that supports programs and services to protect elders from all forms of abuse. Designed to increase awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, the program provides educational resources, but does not conduct investigations. If you’ve been diligent about searching for signs of nursing home neglect (negligence) and abuse when visiting your loved one and have reason to suspect maltreatment, you can report neglect or abuse by calling the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. If a nursing home patient is in immediate danger, contact local law enforcement right away. It’s also an excellent idea to take them to an independent family doctor for a medical examination and evaluation.
If your beloved nursing home or assisted living facility resident has been a victim of nursing home neglect (negligence) or abuse, he or she may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, and other damages. If your loved one died in a nursing home due to neglect (negligence) or abuse, you may have a wrongful death claim. We can help you find justice and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Medical malpractice takes many forms. If a doctor or other healthcare provider acts in a way that harms or injures a patient, they may have committed malpractice. Common causes of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose or delay in diagnosing a patient
- Misdiagnosis of a condition or illness
- Birth errors and injuries
- Leaving instruments inside a patient during surgery
- Performing the wrong surgery or surgery on the wrong site
- Prescription and medication errors
- Anesthesia errors and mistakes
- Failing to perform diagnostic tests
- Failing to monitor patients for post-surgery infections
- Failure to review a patient’s medical history or conduct a thorough examination before developing a treatment plan