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Fort Lauderdale is just minutes away from some of our state’s most renowned hospitals, so it’s reasonable for residents to expect a high quality of care. Unfortunately, not all medical facilities have such a sterling reputation.
When a patient undergoes treatment, whether it’s a serious operation or a routine procedure, they put their faith in their medical staff to work to the best of their abilities. However, when something goes wrong and it’s clear that the error was due to negligence, this is considered a breach of a medical professional’s “duty of care” — otherwise known as medical malpractice. The medical staff or facility could be liable for any injuries that result from this medical error.
Medical errors can have a devastating impact on a patient’s life, and can result in serious, painful injuries, disfigurement, psychological and emotional trauma. If a medical error is serious enough, it can render a person unable to work, unable to care for his or herself, or even lead to death.
It’s not easy to prove that a medical professional made an error, as most doctors and nurses will not readily admit to these grave mistakes. Fortunately, our medical malpractice attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have decades of handling cases involving medical errors and know how to hold medical professionals accountable for their mistakes.
If you sustained an injury following a medical procedure in Fort Lauderdale, you owe it yourself to see if the injury was a result of medical negligence. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today to learn how our attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can help.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Sadly, medical errors are common. In fact, they are the third leading cause of death in this country, according a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins. Some of the more common types of medical errors that constitute as medical malpractice include:
Anaesthesia Errors: A failure to review a patient’s medical chart for possible allergies and complications, failure to monitor vital signs, or neglecting to tell patients about the risks of eating and drinking before procedures.
Emergency Room Errors: Errors that occur due to negligence, inadequate exchange of information during shift changes, and other mistakes may result in the medical professional being liable for damages.
Misdiagnosis: Incorrect or delayed diagnosis by a physician may result in incorrect or unnecessary treatment. This can put the patient at risk of injury or even death. Diagnostic errors are a factor in the majority of medical malpractice cases.
Postoperative Negligence: Failure to monitor a patient appropriately after an operation can result in serious infections and injuries. Doctors must provide proper care and instructions, following all surgical procedures in order to keep patients safe.
What Compensation Could I Recover?
Economic Damages: Patients may be awarded compensation for their medical bills and lost wages while out of work. In some cases, the victim may be awarded damages for a loss of earning capacity if they are unable to return to work due to their injuries.
Noneconomic Damages: Patients in Fort Lauderdale may be awarded for their pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and other non-fiscal losses. Some patients may also be awarded compensation for disfigurement that occurred as a result of the medical error.
Our Attorneys Can Help
Although past success cannot guarantee future outcome, our experienced medical malpractice attorneys have recovered millions in compensation for victims of medical errors. Our team at Morgan & Morgan can investigate and structure your claim to try and get you the best possible outcome.
If you or someone you love sustained an injury after receiving medical care in Fort Lauderdale, our attorneys may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more if the error was a result of medical malpractice. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today to learn more.