The Skill And Experience You Need In Medical Malpractice Litigation
It is reasonable to expect doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals to act with the utmost care and professionalism. When that duty of care is breached through improper conduct and leads to your injuries or further health damage, you have legal rights under medical malpractice laws. You have the right to file a claim for your resulting damages both tangible, such as further medical costs, and intangible, such as pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Weston Smith Law, PLLC, we concentrate the majority of our practice on medical malpractice claims and lawsuits. This area of law is a very complex and demanding one that requires extensive knowledge, negotiation and courtroom skills, and the resources necessary to support your claim with medical and technical information as well as expert testimony. Our attorney has decades of legal experience that involves case preparation for trial, negotiation for settlements, and courtroom presentation and argument in favor of his clients. We can review your case for free to determine if you have a valid claim, gather all necessary documentation and evidence to back it up, discover all potentially liable parties, advise and guide you throughout the legal process, and handle all phases of your case as it proceeds forward.
Recognizing Physician And Hospital Negligence
Medical malpractice consists of actions or omissions on the part of medical professionals and institutions that are considered departures from the accepted standards of care as established in the medical field. They consist of negligent behavior that then leads to injury or illness for the patient. These cases can involve hospitals, clinics, physicians, surgeons, plastic surgeons, pharmacists, chiropractors, nurses, therapists, dentists, psychiatrists, psychologists and any other professional working in health care.
Examples of medical malpractice can include but are not limited to:
- Surgical errors, such as removal or other surgical errors performed on the wrong body part or leaving behind medical equipment such as sponges inside the body.
- Hospital errors, such as failure to properly sanitize equipment that then leads to a hospital infection.
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, such as failure to properly diagnose a form of cancer that then leads to an advance of the illness and deterioration of the patient. This can be done through failure to notice symptoms, check medical history or properly order or interpret tests and scans. The most common conditions that are misdiagnosed are various types of cancer, infections, appendicitis and heart disease.
- Anesthesia errors, such as using the wrong drug, administering it improperly, using faulty equipment and more.
- Emergency room errors, such as medication errors, misdiagnosing what is wrong, wrong testing or misinterpreting test results, failure to diagnose heart conditions that could lead to a heart attack and more.
- Post-operative mistakes and negligence, such as failing to give proper advice to patients following surgeries, failure to properly disinfect equipment and more.
- The use of defective medical devices that can lead to additional injury for the patient such as inflammation, infection and dysfunction of a body part.
- Pharmacy errors, in which a patient is given the wrong medication or wrong dosage of a medication.
When suffering additional health damage due to medical malpractice, the patient may require additional surgeries or other medical treatment to correct the oversight. These types of situations often lead to additional medical and other out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages or income, loss of earning capacity and other damages. These are all damages that you can then pursue in a valid medical malpractice claim or lawsuit against the negligent party or parties.
Discuss Your Options With An Attorney For Free
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered unnecessarily due to the malpractice of any medical professional or institution, we advise you to get the legal advice and guidance you need at this critical stage. Our firm can review the facts of your case in your free consultation to determine your options going forward. If we are able to take your case, we will do everything possible under the law to help you recover maximum damages to give you the financial resources and justice you deserve.
If you have suffered an injury and would like to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, contact our office online or call us in St. Petersburg at 727-408-6100. We serve clients throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond.