People trust doctors and other healthcare providers with their very lives when they are sick or injured. They go to doctor’s office in order to feel better. However, that is not always the case, and doctors have been known to make serious medical mistakes when treating patients. When doctors make these medical mistakes, they can create a much worse situation than already exists.
Medical malpractice can occur at the hands of several different types of doctors, including family doctors (i.e. primary care doctors), surgeons, or medical specialists. If you have sustained serious injuries as a result of a doctor’s medical malpractice or medical negligence, you may be able to pursue monetary recovery against the negligent doctor.
Doctors and hospitals have powerful insurance companies on their side defending them every step of the way. You should too. The knowledgeable New Port Richey medical malpractice attorneys at Dolman Law Group can fight for your right to recover monetary compensation against negligent health care providers and can work to bring them to justice.
Medical Malpractice – Family Doctors and General Practitioners
When family doctors and general practitioners commit serious medical errors, they can bring about equally serious injuries and damages to their patients. Some of these medical errors include misdiagnosing medical conditions, failing to recognize serious symptoms of injuries or illnesses, diagnosing a medical condition too late, and prescribing the incorrect medication or the wrong dosage. These doctors can also be liable if they mishandle a patient or abuse the patient physically or verbally.
Medical Malpractice – Surgeons
When surgeons make a serious medical mistake during a surgery or other medical procedure, they can be liable to patients for the injuries and damages they cause. Some of the most common bases for a medical malpractice case in the surgical context includes:
- Surgeon fatigue – where surgeons operate for hours on end without any sleep or breaks
- Negligence – where surgeons or their assistants fail to abide by proper emergency room procedures, such as sterilizing equipment or instruments to be used during the surgery
- Lack of medical knowledge or experience – where the surgeon who performed the procedure lacked the proper medical knowledge, training, or experience
- Lack of communication with hospital staff – where the surgeon failed to communicate properly with hospital staff, including nurses or other surgical assistants during the procedure
- Misdiagnosing a patient’s medical condition – where the surgeon misses or fails to properly diagnose a patient’s medical condition, leading to injuries and damages
- Late diagnosis – where a surgeon diagnoses a patient’s medical condition too late, resulting in further complications or injuries
- Improperly performed surgeries – where the surgeon did not perform a surgery correctly, operated on the wrong body part, or negligently left a towel, sponge, or surgical instrument inside the patient’s body before closing up the surgical wound
- Unnecessary surgeries – where the surgeon performs an extra surgery or an unnecessary surgery for which the patient did not provide informed, written consent
- Failure to warn of surgical risks – where the surgeon failed to warn of any risks associated with the surgery – or provided incomplete warnings
- Early discharge – where the surgeon discharged the patient from the hospital or surgical center too early without allowing the proper amount of time for observation
- Failure to follow-up – where the surgeon fails to properly follow up with the patient following the surgery or does not follow-up with the patient within a certain period of time
- Incorrect prescriptions – where the surgeon prescribes the incorrect medication (or the incorrect medication dosage) to a patient following a surgical procedure – or where the surgeon’s writing on the prescription is illegible, causing the pharmacist to misread the prescription type or dosage amount
Medical Malpractice Claims Filed Against Florida Doctors
Medical mistakes made by doctors can be costly, both from a personal perspective as well as from a financial perspective. Some of the most significant burdens associated with doctor malpractice include the following:
- High medical bills
- Future medical bills, including the costs of future corrective surgeries or other medical procedures
- Exacerbated injuries or medical conditions
- Tendon ruptures and ligament tears
Proving that a doctor or other healthcare provider committed malpractice can be challenging. Doctors have insurance companies coming to bat for them, not to mention good lawyers and legal teams. In order to prove that a medical doctor committed medical malpractice, the injured patient must be able to show that the doctor violated the applicable standard of care. In most cases, a doctor is held to the standard of care of a “reasonable doctor” acting under the same or similar circumstances. Courts will consider whether the doctor failed to do something that a reasonable doctor would have done or did something that a reasonable doctor would not have done. Specialist doctors, like orthopedists, cardiologists, and obstetricians, for example, are usually held to a national standard of care. In addition to showing that the doctor was negligent, the injured patient must also be able to show that the malpractice directly led to the injuries and damages sustained.
In order to establish negligence on the part of a doctor or other health care provider, expert medical testimony is usually needed. An independent healthcare provider must normally sign an affidavit saying that the healthcare provider in question deviated from the “reasonable doctor” standard of care under the circumstances.
Injured victims of medical malpractice may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, loss of use of a body part, future medical expenses and permanent disability. If the doctor was grossly negligent, the injured patient may be able to pursue punitive damages.
Contact a New Port Richey Medical Malpractice Attorney Today for a Free Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation
Litigating Florida medical malpractice cases requires a special skill set of medical knowledge, combined with expertise in the law. The lawyers at Dolman Law Group know what it takes to fight the doctor’s insurance company and help you prevail in your case. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a New Port Richey medical malpractice lawyer, please call us today or contact us online.
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