St. Petersburg Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Backed By Decades of Civil Legal Experience
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 it leads to your injuries or
further health damage, you have legal rights under medical malpractice laws.
Under these 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 have been the victim
of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation.
Harmed by a hospital, clinic, or medical professional? Call our experienced
St. Petersburg medical malpractice attorneys at
(727) 408-6100 to book your free consultation with our attorney today. Or
contact us online.
Serving the St. Petersburg Area and Beyond
At Weston Smith Law, 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 St. Petersburg medical malpractice 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.
Our firm can review your case 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.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
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 healthcare.
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
Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, such as in a 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
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 or 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.
Our St. Petersburg Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can help
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.
Should we 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 experienced
St. Petersburg attorneys
at (727) 408-6100
to speak with our medical malpractice lawyer