It takes years of training and education to become a doctor, and for good reason. Doctors are among the most trusted and respected professionals in the world because of the responsibility they take on daily to care for their patients. But unfortunately, even in our city of Kissimmee, not all doctors live up to the expectations of their professions.
When doctors fail to meet the standards of care that are expected of them, disaster can occur. Medical errors can cause grave harm to patients, resulting in emotional trauma, mountainous medical bills, loss of earning potential, and more. Sometimes the result of a serious medical error is death. It’s not always easy to prove medical errors, as doctors will not readily admit to making them.
That’s where an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help. Our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have a proven track-record of success in securing compensation for victims of medical errors.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice made headlines earlier this year when a Johns Hopkins study revealed that medical errors are the third leading cause of the death in the U.S. Medical malpractice can be defined as professional negligence by a health care provider that causes serious harm or death to a patient entrusted in their care.
Between 2005 and 2015, there were 11,776 settlements, awards, and judgements related to medical malpractice claims in Florida. This is third only to California and New York for medical malpractice claims. Medical malpractice is a real problem in Kissimmee and in the state of Florida as a whole.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Some of the more common types of medical errors that constitute as medical malpractice include:
Anaesthesia Errors: This may include failure to review a patient’s medical chart for possible allergies and complications, failure to monitor vital signs, and neglecting to tell patients about the risks of eating and drinking before procedures.
Emergency Room Errors: In the hectic emergency room, health care professionals must be able to work at a quick pace while avoiding medical 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 many 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.
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.
Non-Economic Damages: Patients 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.
How Much Does a Medical Malpractice Attorney Cost?
Our medical malpractice attorneys in Kissimmee work on a contingency-fee basis. That means that that you will pay no upfront costs or consultation fees. You only pay a reasonable fee if your attorney succeeds in recovering you compensation. If you don’t win, we don’t get pay.
Learn More About How Our Attorneys May be Able to Help
Our attorneys have recovered millions in compensation for our clients in the past. If you or someone you love has suffered from medical malpractice, our attorneys may be able to get you justice and recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today.