Medical Malpractice & Preventable Medical Errors
Our firm represents patients and their families who suffer catastrophic injuries or death as a result of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider provides treatment that falls below the acceptable standard of care and causes injury or death to the patient. Essentially, malpractice occurs when the health care provider makes a preventable medical error. Health care providers include doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other medical providers, and preventable medical errors can include diagnostic errors, delayed diagnosis, inaccurate diagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, anesthesia errors, hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, and emergency room errors.
How an Attorney Can Help
We work directly with health care providers in our personal injury practice, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of doctors, nurses, and hospitals provide quality care for their patients. Tragically, sometimes negative outcomes occur even with the best medical care available without any preventable medical errors by the health care provider. Health care providers are susceptible to mistakes like everyone else. Many preventable medical errors are minor in nature and do not cause any serious injury to the patient. Again, a medical malpractice claim arises only when the preventable medical error causes an injury or death to the patient.
Why File a Medical Malpractice Claim
Unfortunately, many medical errors go unreported or are concealed from the patient, and some patients are even hesitant to pursue a malpractice claim against their health care provider when they are aware that a preventable medical error occurred. The purpose of a medical malpractice claim is to hold the health care provider accountable for the preventable medical error by compensating the patient for the damages caused, as well as to decrease the risk of the health care provider causing similar injuries to other patients. The patient is compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial harm suffered as a result of the medical malpractice.
Please be advised that in Florida, the deadline for bringing a medical malpractice claim is two years from when the patient, family member, or guardian either knew or should have known with reasonable diligence that there is a reasonable possibility that the injury was caused by medical malpractice. Failing to file a medical malpractice claim within this deadline may prohibit the victim from recovering compensation for the preventable medical error.
Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers
We have represented patients whose health care provider failed to diagnose obvious signs of cancer, patients suffering from life threatening emergencies who were misdiagnosed by emergency room staff, families of babies who suffer catastrophic birth related injuries, victims of surgical errors, victims of medication errors, and many others.
Our firm consults with expert physicians to determine whether the health care provider in a particular case was negligent and breached the standard of care owed to the patient.
Our fees in a medical malpractice are a percentage of the recovery we obtain through either trial or settlement. We also advance all costs of preparing the case for trial. Please be advised that we do not actually charge for any fees or costs unless we are successful in obtaining a recovery.
Our law firm is a family business which was founded on the principle of providing high-quality, responsive and personalized legal services. We remain committed to this core principle and we work together as a team to ensure that our clients receive the individualized legal representation for which our firm is known.
Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Powell, Powell & Powell for a free consultation.