Florida Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Every time you visit a healthcare provider—even if just for an annual wellness exam—you are putting your life in someone else’s hands. Because the stakes are so high, doctors have an obligation to provide a certain standard of care for each and every patient.
There are certain conditions that physicians simply cannot cure, and some complications are unavoidable, but no one deserves to leave a hospital, urgent care center, or family practice in worse condition than when they arrived. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of patients end up doing just that every year because medical malpractice occurs far more often than it should.
If a doctor makes a mistake when diagnosing or treating someone but realizes it almost immediately, that patient may be able to leave the office unscathed. If, on the other hand, the error goes unnoticed and serious complications arise as a result, the patient may be able to hold the provider financially accountable for any damages incurred as a result.
Those who have received substandard care from a physician in Florida can turn to the medical malpractice attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert. We use first-rate experts, cutting-edge technology, and a relentless, straightforward approach to protect each client’s best interests and to maximize the value of the final settlement. Call us today at 305-445-1111 to schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer in Florida.Types of Cases Our Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers Handle
Although some specialties have higher rates of malpractice than others, anyone can receive substandard care from any kind of physician at any stage of diagnosis or treatment. Fortunately, the Florida medical malpractice attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert handle all types of medical negligence claims, including those involving:
Birth Injuries: Labor and delivery pose certain risks for both the baby and the mother. Some birth injuries may be inevitable because of unanticipated complications, but many others are preventable. If your child sustained a debilitating birth injury because of negligence, the lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert can help you fight for the compensation needed to cover medical expenses, home care, and even modifications to your vehicle and residence.
Anesthesia Errors: Undergoing any kind of procedure that requires anesthesia puts patients at additional risk of serious harm and even death. Building a strong claim around an anesthesia error can be challenging, though, because it is possible to experience anesthesia-related complications during surgery despite receiving adequate care; however, if negligence played a role in your situation, our legal team will find a way to prove it.
Diagnosis Errors: Misdiagnoses can result in invasive treatments for conditions that the patient does not actually have, while delayed diagnoses can prevent patients from receiving timely treatment for the conditions that they do have. Because medicine is far from an exact science, diagnosis errors are one of the most common kinds of malpractice, and researchers have determined that such mistakes are responsible for thousands of patient deaths annually.
Surgical Errors: Common surgical errors include puncturing blood vessels or organs, operating on the wrong side of the body, and leaving foreign objects like sponges or tools inside the patient. Receiving negligent postoperative care could also be considered a surgical error and may warrant a medical malpractice claim if complications arise as a result.
Medication Mistakes: Errors can arise at every stage of administering medication. For example, a doctor might prescribe the wrong drug, a pharmacist might prepare the wrong medication, or a nurse might administer the wrong dosage. Depending on the circumstances, some medication errors can cause life-threatening complications.Do I Have Grounds for a Medical Malpractice Claim?
If a procedure does not go as planned, that does not necessarily mean the patient can automatically sue the physician or facility for any damages that result. Like other kinds of personal injury claims, the basis of any valid medical malpractice case is negligence.
In order to recover compensation, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached the duty of care. If the suit is against a surgeon, for example, the patient must prove that he or she deviated from the generally accepted standard of care and that any reasonable surgeon in the same position would not have acted in the same manner as the defendant, and this difference in behavior would have resulted in a different outcome.Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Will Help You Prove Negligence & Liability
The Florida medical malpractice lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert can help you identify the parties who may be liable for any complications you experienced while receiving medical care. After reviewing the details of the case and determining who may be at fault, we will help you gather evidence to hold them financially accountable.
There are various kinds of proof that can be used to demonstrate liability in a medical malpractice case. The actual evidence our attorneys gather will ultimately depend on the specifics of the case. In general, though, types of proof commonly used in these claims include:
- Eyewitness Testimony : Other members of the surgical team may have to testify regarding everything they saw during the procedure.
- Case Studies: If the complication you suffered is relatively rare, that could be indicative of medical malpractice. Case studies can help you determine the prevalence of your particular condition and how it typically develops.
- Statements from Specialists: Other providers in the field can testify as to how they might have responded in the same situation your physician faced when treating you. If they would have acted differently, it will contribute to the strength of your claim.
- Medical Records: Assuming they were not altered, your medical records can provide insight on your health before, during, and after diagnosis or treatment.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert are here to answer questions regarding your claim and ultimately help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Our legal team has more than 60 years of combined experience resolving personal injury and wrongful death cases, and we will not be satisfied until you are. Call 305-445-1111 or fill out our Contact Form to set up a free consultation.