Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional fails to meet the required standard of skill and care, resulting in damage to a patient. Malpractice suits may allege various mistakes made by doctors or other medical professionals, including misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors and various other types of negligence. Medical professionals subject to malpractice cases include doctors, nurses, dentists, pathologists, radiologists, technicians and hospital staff.
Surgical mistakes make up some of the most frequently reviewed potential medical malpractice cases. These can range from errors regarding the administration and monitoring of anesthesia, the type and length of incision, the surgery itself, and the inadvertent cutting or injuring of nerves, organs, or other vital body parts. They even encompass the post surgical care and follow-up.
Serious and permanent brain injury can occur from improper administration of anesthesia. The wrong type of incision could cause unnecessary complications. Operating room equipment malfunctions also contribute to surgical errors and can have devastating consequences.
Post surgical follow-up care can also give rise to allegations of substandard care. The surgeon must be attentive to the patient and provide them with the proper monitoring following surgery until discharge from the hospital. If signs and symptoms are not addressed in a timely fashion, the patient can suffer severe consequences.
Not all errors in medical diagnosis and treatment are necessarily malpractice, because there are certain risks and margins for error that arise inherently in the practice of medicine. The key to distinguishing between a bad outcome arising out of negligence and a bad outcome arising out of an unintended, but known and accepted risk of surgery, lies in the review of the records by a qualified surgeon. A medical malpractice lawyer can help facilitate this process.
Experience Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Miami, Florida
Our Miami medical malpractice attorneys have over thirty years of experience handling medical malpractice claims. Our medical malpractice lawyers have utilized nationally renowned experts in every specialty in order to investigate potential malpractice claims, and we aggressively pursue those claims where the health care provider fell below the accepted standard of care.
Some of the successful cases our Miami medical malpractice lawyers have handled include:
- An obstetrician who failed to complete the termination of a pregnancy, resulting in a child born with brain damage and disabilities. The cases resolved with a $1.3 million verdict;
- The failure to recognize a lacerated liver following CPR led to the wrongful death of 43-year-old husband and father of one. The case ended with a $1.1 million settlementt;
- The wrongful death of 19 year old following elective surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. The case settled for $975,000; and
- A doctor who negligently performed a tummy tuck procedure resulting in permanent scarring. The verdict was $820,000.
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