Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical professionals have a legal duty to use accepted standards of care when diagnosing and treating patients. If a healthcare provider breaches this duty and a patient dies or suffers an injury or illness as a result, that patient can bring a medical malpractice claim.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one due to medical negligence, contact Halpern Santos & Pinkert. A Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer will assess your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim against the at-fault healthcare professional or facility.
Our attorneys have a track record of success with more than $200 million recovered for our clients. Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling 305-445-1111.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
Negligent medical care can have devastating consequences. Many victims suffer life-altering complications that affect their relationships and ability to earn an income. When a person dies due to medical malpractice, surviving family members are often left wondering how they will ever afford the loss of income.
The Fort Lauderdale medical negligence lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert understand the adversity that you and your family are facing. We offer passionate and effective legal representation in the following types of medical malpractice cases:
Birth Injuries: Despite advancements in obstetrics, birth injuries still occur and often have life-long effects. Many of these injuries can be traced back to negligent prenatal care and mistakes during delivery. Brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy, bone fractures, facial paralysis, and spinal cord injuries can all result from medical malpractice before, during, or shortly after delivery.
Anesthesia Errors: Patients can suffer intense pain and potentially fatal complications due to anesthesia errors. If a doctor administers too much or too little anesthesia, delays the delivery of anesthesia, fails to notice an adverse reaction to anesthesia, or makes another anesthesia-related error, the patient or surviving loved ones may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
Delayed Diagnosis: If a doctor fails to diagnose an injury or illness despite having sufficient diagnostic evidence, the patient’s condition could worsen and lead to serious and deadly complications. The Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert can investigate your case and consult healthcare specialists to determine if the medical provider should have identified the condition sooner and whether a quicker diagnosis may have resulted in a better outcome.
Misdiagnosis: Some conditions have the same or very similar symptoms. A misdiagnosis can occur when a doctor fails to perform the necessary tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis. This not only could allow the patient’s condition to worsen but also might result in complications due to prescribing the wrong medication or performing the wrong procedures.
Delayed Treatment: Even if the doctor correctly diagnoses the patient’s condition, delaying treatment could still result in tragic complications.
Surgical Mistakes: Leaving an object inside a patient, operating on the wrong body part, and operating on the wrong patient are all examples of “never events,” which are mistakes that should never occur under any circumstances. Sadly, never events still happen due to miscommunication, disorganization, and a variety of other factors. If you or someone you love was injured due to a surgical mistake, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert to find out if you have grounds for a claim.
Prescription Errors: Dispensing the wrong medication, prescribing the wrong medication, dispensing the wrong dosage, and other prescription errors can have devastating consequences. Besides not treating the patient’s actual injury or illness, the dispensed drug could have severe side effects or adverse interactions with the patient’s other medications.
Emergency Room Errors: In an emergency room setting, a doctor’s decisions are often the difference between life and death for the patient. This stress and the chaotic nature of emergency rooms often lead to negligent medical care.
Pediatric Malpractice: If your child suffered an injury or illness due to negligent medical treatment, contact Halpern Santos & Pinkert to discuss your case and determine the most strategic way to proceed with your claim.
Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Will Help You Prove Negligence & Liability
Just because your treatment was unsuccessful or your condition was misdiagnosed does not necessarily mean that you have grounds for a tort claim. For your case to prevail, your Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer must demonstrate that another healthcare provider with the same specialization in the same situation would have acted differently, and this would have resulted in a better outcome.
The success of your case will hinge on the strength of your evidence. The attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert can help you gather this evidence, which may include:
Eyewitness Testimony : If another healthcare provider witnessed the negligent act that caused your injuries, his or her testimony may help your attorney prove liability.
Expert Witness Testimony: Medical expert witness testimony plays a crucial role in malpractice claims. The lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert work with a network of medical specialists whose testimony may be essential for proving liability.
Medical Records: Your medical records may demonstrate that the liable healthcare provider failed to use accepted standards of care during diagnosis and/or treatment.
How Much Is My Medical Malpractice Claim Worth?
Monetary awards in medical malpractice claims vary widely because each case is unique. If your claim is successful, the types of injuries you sustained, their severity, their permanence, their effects on your wellbeing, and many other factors will determine the amount of compensation you recover.
Depending on the facts of your case, the following damages may be recovered against the at-fault medical provider or facility:
- Past and future healthcare expenses;
- Wage loss;
- Lost or reduced earning capacity;
- Other objectively calculable losses incurred due to your injury;
- Physical impairment;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of enjoyment in life; and
- Loss of consortium.
Punitive damages may also be recoverable if the plaintiff can prove that the medical provider intended to cause serious harm.
Call 305-445-1111 to Speak with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale
If you were injured or lost a family member due to medical negligence, turn to the legal team at Halpern Santos & Pinkert. Call 305-445-1111 or Use Our Contact Form to set up a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in Fort Lauderdale.