The frequency of medical malpractice in the United States is nothing if not alarming. A study from Johns Hopkins made headlines when it found that medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in our country, exceeded in number only by heart disease and cancer. Patients seek out medical attention with the expectation that doctors and other medical professionals stick to their oath to do no harm, but this is not always the case. Mistakes happen, and some practitioners act with reckless regard, putting patients very lives on the line. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you can seek out compensation for your injuries and hold those responsible accountable for their negligence.
The Plantation medical malpractice team at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman has the skills and expertise to navigate the claims process and get you the money you deserve for your injury. It is important to seek representation as soon as you discover your injury to meet tight deadlines imposed by Florida law when it comes to malpractice claims.
Do No Harm?
While most medical professionals follow the standards of care when dealing with patients, those that don’t can wreak real damage among the patients they treat. Medical practitioners are duty bound to offer the best level of care possible. If they deviate from standard norms, and a patient is harmed as a result—whether from medical error, omission of care, or pure negligence—they subject themselves to medical malpractice claims.
There is a process of establishing that medical malpractice occurred, and the rules that govern it are best navigated by a seasoned Plantation attorney with experience in negotiating these claims or litigating them in civil court. Successful claims rest on proving that the medical professional deviated from the standard of care and that there was a significant injury that occurred as a result.
Most instances of medical malpractice arise when a medical professional:
- Misinterprets or ignores X-rays, lab results and other diagnostic data
- Performs surgery that is not needed
- Performs surgery on the wrong site on the patient
- Discharges patients too soon
- Fails to render adequate aftercare
- Does not take patient history into account prior to treating the patient
Patients may also file a claim if they received a faulty medical device that is later recalled. Surgical mesh for hernia repair and hip implants are two examples of this type of litigation in recent years.
Consulting a Plantation Medical Malpractice Attorney
When a medical professional is entrusted with your care and fails to perform at the required and accepted standard, you owe it to yourself to hold that person accountable for any injuries that arise as a result. Compensation in the form of medical costs and lost wages due to the injury are common. You may also seek punitive damages for pain and suffering and emotional anguish resulting from your ordeal. Contact the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman and our Plantation medical malpractice attorney to schedule a no-cost case review now.