Tampa Medical Malpractice Attorney
Cases of Medical Malpractice Resulting in Injury, Illness or Death
Although everyone has the right to expect safe and effective medical treatment, it is an unfortunate reality that medical malpractice does occur. When it does, it can cause terrible, even tragic effects. Severe injury and health complications can result, and in some cases victims do not survive. The Institute of Medicine reports that preventable medical errors kill as many as 98,000 Americans every year and injure countless more, making it the sixth leading cause of death in America.
Medical malpractice comes in many forms and can include:
- Prescriptions errors
- Administering the wrong medication
- Drug dosages too high or too low
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Manufacturing or selling hazardous pharmaceuticals
- Misuse of medical devices or defective medical devices
- Surgical errors or unnecessary surgery
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Emergency room errors or delays
- Injury to a child before, during or just after birth
Abuse of the elderly under professional care
- Failure to obtain consent for medical procedures
Proving Medical Negligence
If you believe that you have been injured and/or made ill by the negligent actions of a medical professional, it is critical that you review the circumstances of your case with a competent injury attorney. In doing so, you will be able to determine whether or not malpractice has actually occurred—as there are several key factors that must be supported by evidence if you hope to successfully pursue a lawsuit. First and foremost, you must be able to show that the healthcare worker has breached their "duty of care," and that you have suffered a loss as a result.
In order to do so, you must be able to prove that a reasonable doctor would have managed the situation differently under the same circumstances. For example, if your child has suffered a permanent birth injury because a C-section was not ordered in time, you may be able to show that another physician would have acted more appropriately and that the injury would have subsequently been avoided. This should not be mistaken to mean that medical workers are expected to cure an illness or prevent an injury, but rather that they have a responsibility to provide an acceptable level of care.
Injured by medical malpractice in Tampa?
Despite the large number of medical errors, few injured patients ever file a medical negligence lawsuit. One of the main reasons for this is that the majority of patients who suffer these errors are not told by their doctor. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, a Tampa personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim against your doctor, dentist, hospital, psychiatrist, pharmacist, or other medical professional. This is an essential part of holding the medical professional accountable for their actions, and will help to keep others safe from such errors in the future. Insurance companies are continually trying to reduce or negate the medical malpractice claims that are filed, and it is wise to have strong legal representation on your side when you file a claim.
For more information on medical malpractice, please see our website dedicated to medical malpractice cases.